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Industry Updates: May 2014

April 28, 2014

Septodont acquires TDV
Septodont Brazil Ltda., a subsidiary of Septodont Holding has announced the acquisition of TDV Dental Ltda., Pomerode, Santa Catarina, Brazil effective April 1, 2014.

The acquisition provides Septodont with a solid manufacturing presence in Latin America. TDV will benefit from Septodont’s presence in 150 countries, giving TDV a broader global market. Both Septodont Brazil Ltda. and TDV Dental Ltda. will continue to operate business as usual for the immediate future.

TDV Dental Ltda., under the ownership of Mr. Hans Frank, is a successful business and Septodont hopes to build on their success. Mr. Hans Frank has chosen to remain on as a special consultant to the new ownership. Alejandro Lareo has been named as general manager of the new facility.

Septodont has over 80 years of experience dedicated to developing and manufacturing innovative products for dental professionals. Today they manufacture a wide range of dental restorative auxiliary products, which can be found in 65 countries.

BIOMET 3i announces Research & Technology forum, Tokyo BIOMET 3i is pleased to announce that it has just completed its successful Research & Technology Forum in Tokyo, Japan.

The event, which was well-attended, featured 18 world renowned speakers from the United States, Europe and, Asia. Dr. Dennis Tarnow opened the meeting that covered topics such as sustainable aesthetics, bone preservation, and treatment of peri-implantitis.

BIOMET 3i announces adjustment to its executive committee

BIOMET 3i Japan is also planning to open the doors to a brand new Institute for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry in Tokyo. This learning center will include didactic, hands-on, and lecture format education programs for clinicians looking to actively further their understanding of the latest implant dentistry technologies, techniques, and solutions.

Roland DGA hosts dental dealer training for CAD/CAM machines
Roland dental dealers gathered at Roland DGA headquarters in Irvine recently for the company’s Roland Academy training course, a three-day event designed to train Roland dealers on DWX dental milling machines.

There were 25 dealer representatives from the industry’s top providers of CAD/CAM equipment at the event. Some traveled from as far away as British Columbia and Peru to receive in-depth training.

Built on 20 years of proven Roland CNC technology, DWX mills bring affordability, ease of operation, and precise milling capabilities to dental lab owners and technicians. Open architecture allows DWX milling machines to integrate with industry standard CAD/CAM software and hardware to produce crowns, copings, bridges, and abutments from a range of materials.

Straumann invests in MegaGen
Straumann, a global leader in implant, restorative, and regenerative dentistry, has agreed to purchase convertible bonds from MegaGen, a fast-growing South Korean dental implant company, for a total of $30 million.

MegaGen will invest the majority of the transaction proceeds in the expansion of its domestic and international implant business and the worldwide promotion of its digital dentistry platform.

MegaGen is privately owned by approximately 150 shareholders, with the three founding shareholders holding 38 percent of the shares.

Headquartered in Daegu and Seoul, MegaGen Implant was started in 2002 by a group of dental surgeons, including Dr. Kwang-Bum Park, the CEO. The company offers a broad range of cost-effective implant systems, supplemented by an impressive array of innovative digital dentistry offerings, regenerative tools, and products to support implant procedures.

The strategic investment will support MegaGen’s corporate growth targets to become a leading player in the domestic and international value segments. The two companies will continue to operate separately as different brands.

Colgate joins environmental effort for playgrounds
Colgate announced that it would participate in a recycling effort with ShopRite stores in a recycling initia

tive launched by TerraCycle.

The program, which is scheduled to last through June 30, targets eligible schools located throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and Maryland. If they join the Oral Care Brigade program, the schools compete for a new playground made completely of recycled material.

The free recycling program allows schools to earn one “Playground Credit” for each shipment of empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers sent to TerraCycle.

The winning school with the most Playground Credits will be announced by July 18, and the playground will be installed at the beginning of the 2014–2015 school year.

“At TerraCycle, collecting the oral care waste is only half of the story,” explained Tom Szaky, TerraCycle founder and CEO. “The real magic happens when our partners choose to reuse the waste in a way that has a lasting benefit for a community, like Colgate and ShopRite have done with these playgrounds.”

Dr. Ray Bowen awarded 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award
The ADA Foundation (ADAF) is proud to announce that Dr. Rafael Bowen, of the Foundation’s Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC) in Gaithersburg, Md., is the recipient of the 2014 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Distinguished Scientist Award.

The award, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, annually recognizes a scientist “who has contributed outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science.” The award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, a plaque, and travel expenses to the AADR Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C., where Dr. Bowen received the award.

“Being given the AADR Distinguished Scientist Award came as a surprise — a very happy surpris

e!” said Dr. Bowen. “It inspires me to continue current efforts to develop improved preventive and restorative dental materials.”

It was said that Dr. Bowen has achieved great status in this field of research because of the impact his discoveries have made on dentistry.

ADA appoints Dr. Krishna Aravamudhan as director of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs
The ADA Practice Institute is pleased to announce that Krishna Aravamudhan, BDS, MS, has accepted the position of Director of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs in the Practice Institute.

In her new role, Dr. Aravamudhan oversees activities of the Council and its affiliated interagency efforts. In her previous role, Dr. Aravamudhan served in the lead role for the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) and built relationships with federal partners and third-party payers to advance the mission of the DQA.

Dr. Aravamudhan also worked in the Science Institute, where she directed the ADA’s evidence-based Clinical Recommendations Program, organized and led multi-disciplinary panels to develop evidence-based clinical recommendations, and directed activities relating to the evaluation of products for the Professional Product Review within the ADA laboratories.

Septodont awarded for “Endurance and Transmission” by ASMEP-ETI
ASMEP-ETI, a French organization for medium-sized companies, presented its 13th annual awards in March. A panel awarded Mr. Olivier Schiller, owner of Septodont, the award for “Endurance and Transmission.” The award represents the hard work of the global Septodont Group and the Schiller family, who have led the company to become a global leader without losing its character of open dialogue and attachment to human values.

Septodont is a French company that manufactures dental products. They are the world leader in quality dental anesthetics and developer of innovative restorative material products for the dental practice and patient. The company has been family owned since it was founded in 1932. Currently, Septodont employs over 1,200 people, has six manufacturing plants in France, North America, and India, and has an international distribution network in over 150 countries. The North American presence includes production plants in Colorado and Cambridge, and a sales and marketing office in Pennsylvania. Septodont strives to be recognized as the organization that sets the standard for quality, performance, and innovation in dental products and customer service.


Nick ZaffareseTerritory Sales ManagerNick Zaffarese will be responsible for increasing all StarDental, DentalEZ, RAMVAC, and CustomAir product and equipment sales throughout several northeast regions, including the New York metro area and northern New Jersey. He has an array of professional sales and dental industry experience and will report to Mark Frankenfield. He can be reached at [email protected].Atlantic
Josh DaabOral Health America Board of DirectorsJosh Daab, VP of Sales for Atlantic Precious Metal Refining, has been appointed to the board of directors for Oral Health America. He will serve a three-year term and join 20 other experts in the industry to monitor finances, contribute ideas for development, and support OHA’s president and CEO. Daab has been in the dental industry for almost 30 years. He can be reached at [email protected].