3M ESPE's Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative wins Tekne Award

Dec. 13, 2004
Revolutionary nanocomposite captures Minnesota technology honor

Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative from 3M ESPE, a revolutionary dental restorative material based on nanotechnology, has received a 2004 Tekne Award in the category of Advanced Manufacturing.

As the first universal composite that combines the strength of a hybrid with the beauty of a microfill, the easy-to-use Filtek Supreme universal restorative is designed to offer excellent strength and esthetics for all anterior and posterior restorations.

The nanosized filler particles (nanoparticles and nanoclusters) used in Filtek Supreme universal restorative achieve the superior polish and polish retention similar to a microfill, yet also provide the excellent handling, strength and wear properties that are needed for universal indications. The unique range of shades and opacities allows for excellent results with either single or multi-layer restorations. The restorative is available in 34 shades and four opacities -- dentin, enamel, body, and translucent.

"We at 3M ESPE are thrilled to be recognized for the unique technology and performance capabilities demonstrated by Filtek Supreme universal restorative, which continues to provide a top notch solution to dentists' restorative needs for easy handling, esthetic fulfillment, and long-term polish retention," said Tom Engels, division vice president, 3M ESPE.

Sponsored by the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) and Minnesota Technology Inc. (MTI), in partnership with Medical Alley, MNBIO and Minnesota Project Innovation, the award honors companies or divisions within established companies that exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit and promise for continued economic growth through technology development or application.