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July-August Apex360 Proofs Industry Updates

Aug. 7, 2015
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BaseVac enters agreement with SolmeteX

BaseVac, a division of R. E. Morrison Equipment (Mississauga, Ontario), has announced that it has reached an agreement with SolmeteX LLC (Northborough, Massachusetts) to become an authorized marketer of SolmeteX's complete line of amalgam separators. BaseVac will now offer these products as accessories to the BaseVac line of dry vacuums.

SolmeteX recently issued an announcement stating that it had completed and passed the ISO 11143:2008 standard through NSF International with a 99.965% capture rate on its Hg5 amalgam separator system. -BaseVac press release 21 Apr 2015

Microbrush International announces acquisition of DentiSmart

Microbrush International (Grafton, Wisconsin), a leading developer, producer, and marketer of high-quality consumables used in dental restorative procedures, has announced the acquisition of DentiSmart LLC (Grand Haven, Michigan). DentiSmart is a producer of a sectional matrix system used in restorative procedures.

DentiSmart President and CEO John Boos and Senior VP of Marketing Heath O'Leary will join Young as part of the transaction. There are no immediate changes to ordering and customer service procedures. -Microbrush press release 4 May 2015

Patterson Companies named to Forbes list of most trustworthy companies

For the fourth year in a row, Patterson Companies Inc. (Saint Paul, Minnesota) has been named to the Forbes list of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Patterson is one of only two companies in 2015 that have appeared on the list four consecutive times since 2012. To create this list, MSCI ESG Research screened more than 5,500 publicly traded North American companies in order to identify the 100 that most consistently demonstrated transparent accounting practices and solid corporate governance. Those top 100 companies have the strongest Accounting and Governance Risk (AGR) rankings, which are the composite scores by which organizations are judged. Factors considered include high-risk behaviors, such as regulatory actions, amended filings, revenue and expense recognition methods, and bankruptcy risk. -Patterson press release 11 May 2015

Ultradent receives national award for ethics and truth in advertising

Following a nationwide nomination and voting process, Ultradent Products Inc. (South Jordan, Utah), an international dental supply and manufacturing company, was selected out of over 3,000 other companies to receive the Golden Hands Award of Xcellence for Ethics and Truth in Advertising on April 30 during the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim, California.

Initial nominees for the prestigious award were selected by a respected group of clinicians and leaders in the dental industry. Nominees were selected based on criteria that included ethical conduct, placement of public health before profits, dependable products, knowledgeable personnel, and excellent customer service. The nominees were then voted on by thousands of practicing dentists across the nation.-Ultradent press release 11 May 2015

Ivoclar Vivadent donates $100,000 for emergency relief in Nepal

Ivoclar Vivadent (Schaan, Liechtenstein) has donated $100,000 for emergency relief and assistance in the re-establishment of dental health services. The company described the donation as "an expression of solidarity and a contribution to helping the people left destitute by the earthquake in Nepal." The $100,000 will go to immediate aid to the Red Cross, which is helping survivors at disaster scenes.

The company is in contact with the Nepal Dental Association and has pledged to sustain assistance in the re-establishment of dental services in the country.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. A powerful quake of 7.8 magnitude struck parts of the country on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people and causing extreme devastation. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the Himalaya region in more than 80 years. Since that time, Nepal has endured a second series of earthquakes.-Ivoclar Vivadent press release 13 May 2015

HHS issues recommendation for community water fluoridation

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its final Public Health Service recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. The new recommendation is for a single level of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. It updates and replaces the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter) issued in 1962.

The change was recommended because Americans now have access to more sources of fluoride (e.g., toothpastes, mouth rinses) than they did when water fluoridation was first introduced. As a result, there has been an increase in fluorosis, which, in most cases, manifests as barely visible lacy white marking or spots on the enamel. The new recommended level will maintain the protective decay prevention benefits of water fluoridation and reduce the occurrence of dental fluorosis.-HHS press release 27 Apr 2015

Henry Schein commits $500,000 in health-care product donations to support Nepal earthquake relief efforts

Henry Schein Inc. (Melville, New York), the world's largest provider of health-care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, has committed $500,000 in product donations to support relief efforts for victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. In addition, the company has opened the Henry Schein Cares Nepal Disaster Relief Fund through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Contributions made to this fund will be applied directly and completely to support relief organizations' efforts.

Henry Schein is working closely with its strategic partner relief organizations including AmeriCares, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, and International Medical Corps to continually monitor and assess the need for medical supplies to help in the Nepal relief efforts. Henry Schein's medical donations will include more than two million surgical masks, a million pairs of gloves, and thousands of bandages. The company will also donate thousands of toothbrushes and toothpaste in response to a specific request for these hygiene products. -Henry Schein press release 5 May 2015

Sakaduski Marketing celebrates 15 years

Sakaduski Marketing Solutions Inc. (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania) is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The company was founded on May 1, 2000, by Joe Sakaduski and Nancy Day Sakaduski to provide business, marketing, and communications expertise to companies in the dental industry. The company also offers strategic guidance and merger and acquisition assistance.

During the past 15 years, Sakaduski Marketing Solutions has worked with nearly 100 companies, from start-ups to global conglomerates, and has assisted with a number of key acquisitions. The company has also provided pro bono or reduced-fee services to dental-related charities and organizations such as Oral Health America, The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), and the OSAP Foundation.-Sakaduski press release 14 Apr 2015


The American Dental Association welcomes Marcelo W.B. Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD, and James M. Lyznicki, MS, MPH

Marcelo W. B. Araujo, DDS, PhD, MS, has accepted the role of vice president of the Science Institute for the American Dental Association (ADA). He will focus on leading scientific and dental research projects and managing the research agenda, including ADA policies and programs pertaining to the Council on Scientific Affairs, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, ADA Research and Laboratories, Professional Product Review, Seal of Acceptance, Scientific Information, and Standards.

The ADA is also welcoming Jim Lyznicki, MS, MPH, as senior manager of the Council on Scientific Affairs. He will provide support to the council and its expert consultants in programs such as the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program, ADA Professional Product Review, and the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. -ADA press release 15 Apr 2015

PROOFS Industry UPDATES Appointee Announcements

-Henry Schein press release 5/29/15

Ivoclar Vivadent announces new CPO Markus Heinz

Markus Heinz is the new chief production officer of the Ivoclar Vivadent Group (Schaan, Liechtenstein). He succeeds Wolfgang Vogrin, Dipl. Ing., from July 1, 2015, who will retire. Vogrin has headed up the production and logistics of the company since 2002.

Markus Heinz, who has comprehensive management experience, has been working for Ivoclar Vivadent since 1985. He took over the responsibilities for the global tooth production in 2002 and since 2014 has also been responsible for the production site in Schaan, Liechtenstein. "Markus Heinz is a proven production expert, manager and leader," said Robert Ganley, CEO Ivoclar Vivadent, upon the nomination of the new CPO. Within the context of his function, 46-year-old Heinz will join the Corporate Management on July 1, 2015.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board Christoph Zeller and CEO Robert Ganley have thanked Vogrin "for his contribution as manager to the rapid development of Ivoclar Vivadent on a global level."

Above all, the build-up of the ceramic production center in United States as well as the expansion of numerous other production sites can be credited to Vogrin. -Ivoclar Vivadent press release 1 Jun 2015

The American Dental Association welcomes Ruth Lipman, PhD, as director, scientific information

Ruth Lipman, PhD, has accepted the role of director, scientific information for the American Dental Association (ADA). In this role, Dr. Lipman will manage the development, review, and publication of objective scientific information, providing the ADA membership with clinically relevant dental research and information.

Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. Lipman was the chief science and practice officer for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), where she oversaw research efforts, reviewed evidence for practice documents, and worked to increase opportunities for diabetes educators. While at the AADE, Dr. Lipman was the principal investigator on projects that received awards from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation's Together on Diabetes program, and the Aetna Foundation. She was also the principal investigator on a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control that increased access to, participation in, and sustainability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.-ADA press release 26 May 2015

DentaQuest appoints two new industry leaders to board of directors

DentaQuest (Boston, Massachusetts) has appointed Sarah Dirks, DDS, and Kathleen Betts, MSW, to its board of directors.

Dr. Dirks is a national expert on geriatric oral health, and the CEO and owner of Geriatric Dental Group of South Texas, PA and SeniorHealth Dental. She was a faculty member at her alma mater, the University of Texas Health Science Center, for 18 years, ending her tenure at the university as clinical director of the Geriatric Dental Clinic.

Dr. Dirks is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a member of the Texas Oral Health Coalition, a board member of the American Association of Community Dental Programs, a representative on the Healthy Aging Committee of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, and an industry expert on the Texas Oral Health Metrics Committee.

As chief human resources officer, Betts leads global talent strategy and organizational development for ModusLink, a supply chain and logistics company. Prior to her work in human resources, Betts was the director of social services and clinical social worker for an outpatient health affiliate of University of Massachusetts Medical School.-DentaQuest press release 21 May 2015

Vennli hires Rachel Mele to lead new Dental Division

Vennli (South Bend, Indiana), a platform for creating and executing growth strategy, announced today that it has hired Rachel Mele as general manager of a new Dental Division.

For the last 10 years, Rachel served as a sales and business development executive at Sesame Communications. Prior to that, Rachel was a dental practice management consultant where she supported practices across North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Vennli analyzes real-time customer insights to create growth strategies. The core of the software platform includes two key components: data collection via an electronic survey platform and intuitive market visualization. It quickly conveys what customers want, which products and services they prefer, and identifies unmet needs.-Vennli press release 28 May 2015

MicroDental Laboratories announces leadership changes

MicroDental Laboratories (Dublin, California) has announced the promotion of Bill Johnson to CEO and Len Liptak to president. Earlier this year, Kimberly Bradshaw, former CEO, identified that an organizational and leadership change was prudent based on the new needs of the organization and emerging industry trends. After carefully considering her recommendations along with other alternatives, the board of directors agreed with Bradshaw's suggestions and fully supported her passing the reigns to Bill Johnson as chief executive and to Len Liptak as president.

Since joining MicroDental as chief financial officer in early 2013, Johnson has taken on additional operational responsibilities, including overseeing the company's information technology and manufacturing groups. Liptak served as the company's executive vice president of network operations and marketing before assuming his new role as president.-MicroDental press release 8 May 2015

VITA announces new VITA North America president

Vita (Bad Säckingen, Germany) has announced that Matthew O'Connell has joined the company as the president of Vita North America (Yorba Linda, California), effective immediately. Vita North America CEO Dr. Emanuel Rauter and the board of directors made the announcement after a nationwide search. Matt comes to Vita North America from Sonendo Inc., where he was VP of sales. For more than twenty years he was with Ormco International, most recently serving as VP of global sales. He also held sales and management positions at Ormco, and spent time in Mexico City spearheading Ormco efforts in Latin America. Matt also served as the managing director of Ormco Europe, based in Amersfoort, Netherlands.-VITA press release 11 May 2015

Crown Seating, DNTLworks, Napa Dental, US Seating Components, and Hunter Ranger Properties appoint new VP and CFO

Crown Seating LLC, DNTLworks Equipment Corporation, Napa Dental, US Seating Components LLC, and Hunter Ranger Properties LLC (Centennial, Colorado), has added Tom Batz and Jerry Enger, two highly experienced dental industry professionals, to its executive team. Tom will serve as the VP of sales for corporate development and strategic planning, while Jerry will serve as the CFO. Both professionals will be heavily involved in key strategic planning initiatives to grow the entire business group.

Before joining the Knight's group of companies, Batz served as national sales manager at Aribex for the Nomad handheld x-ray device. Recently he was also the director of sales and marketing for Turner MedTech, a new company that participated in the medical and 3-D printing markets. Enger served as the CFP for DentalEZ, an equipment manufacturer making dental chairs, units, handpieces, and utility room components, as well as operating other related dental businesses. -Crown Seating press release 6 May 2015

ids adds 5 new implant sales & service representatives

IDS (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey) founder and CEO Carey Lyons has announced the addition of five new implant sales and service representatives to their nationwide team to support their dental dealer field representatives and end users. The new implant sales and service representatives are:

Jon Berger: Metropolitan New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut

Paul Nurko: Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia

Scott Lettis: Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee

Bill Bolton: Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana

Elizabeth Winkel: Washington State, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho.-IDS press release 22 May 2015