For more information on this Overtime Rule, check out the original article LMT posted in September 2016.
- November 2016
In September, Zimmer Biomet celebrated the grand opening of its completely renovated, 20,000-sq-ft facility in Carlsbad, CA. Attendees toured the Simulated Patient Training Laboratory, met members of the Zimmer Biomet Dental Leadership Team and took a 3D virtual tour of the company’s sister training facility in Parsippany, NJ, which opened last February.
“Opening not one but two enhanced training centers this year shows our ongoing commitment to providing increased and diversified opportunities for professional training,” says Ken Varner, Director of Institutes for Zimmer Biomet’s dental division.
Zimmer anticipates holding 35 courses a year at the Carlsbad location; in August, it held its inaugural course for technicians, The Role of the Dental Laboratory in Utilizing New Techniques and Innovations in Implant Dentistry. It was taught by Ryan Napolitano, Director of Marketing & Operations, and Richard Napolitano, CDT, Owner and CEO, Precision Craft Dental Laboratory,...
- October 2016
CreoDent Prosthetics names Danny Wong Senior Vice President and Calvin Song Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Wong has over 40 years’ experience in the dental lab industry and is currently focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Song, with two decades of experience in customer relations, sales and marketing, continues to expand the CreoDent brand.
Panthera Dental Appoints David "Kim" Solomon as Vice-President of Sales - USA and Extends its Sales Team
Panthera Dental announced that David “Kim” Solomon joined the company as Vice-President of Sales – USA. New Regional Sales Directors have also recently joined the established team, they are: Kevan Vance, Western Canada; Thomas W. Bell, Texas and Oklahoma; Millie Hasan, California; Jack Manno, Florida; and Scott Dodek, Greater New York.
Solomon will be responsible for sales, marketing, and brand development for Panthera Dental in the United States. He has more than 20 years of experience in the dental industry and held a number of leadership roles at Keating Dental Arts, Nobel Biocare, and Keystone in the past few years. He is an experimented sales and marketing executive with expertise in business development, product launch, CAD/CAM digital technology, and clinical/restorative solutions.
“I am pleased to welcome Kim as our new Vice-President of Sales – USA, given his wide-range of experience and his capabilities as a senior executive both at Nobel Biocare...
CAD BLU, Inc. and Red Rocks Product Development, LLC. announced that CAD BLU, Inc. has acquired Red Rocks Product Development, and immediately takes over operations and logistics for 3D printing services and sales of 3D printers. Red Rocks Product Development will now operate as CAD BLU. Bill Boland will now be CAD BLU’s Regional Sales Manager.
Red Rocks Product Development is a well-established reseller of industry solutions for 3D design software and 3D printing in Colorado that will add to CAD BLU’s vast territory reach. Red Rocks will continue to help CAD BLU establish and grow new business and clientele in a new area. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Minnesota, Colorado, California and Oregon, CAD BLU offers the benefit of a nationwide reach and platinum-level partnerships with its wide range of key vendors. Red Rocks’ customers will have access to CAD BLU’s local field service technicians and trainers, a Colorado-based 3D printing supply depot...
- September 2016
Andrew Oransky has been appointed as the new president of Roland DGA, a leading provider of digital imaging devices. Oransky previously served as Roland DGA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and prior to that was Director of Marketing and Product Management for the Irvine, California-based company.
“All of us at Roland have great confidence in Andrew’s knowledge across our multiple industries and business operations, as well as his excellent leadership abilities,” said David Goward, CEO of Roland DGA and Executive Vice President, Director of Roland DG. “With his guidance, we expect Roland DGA to experience continued growth and success in the years to come.”
Oransky assumes the presidency during an exciting time for Roland DGA. This year, the company launched its most advanced wide-format inkjet printers date, as well as new dental milling technology, and has plans to unveil additional cutting-edge products in the coming months.
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- July 2016
Roland DGA, a leading manufacturer of advanced wide-format inkjet printers, innovative dental milling machines and other state-of-the-art digital devices, has strengthened its dental and 3D product management and sales teams with several key personnel changes.
Brian Brooks, previously Roland DGA’s Dental Solution Product Manager, has been promoted and will now serve as Group Product Manager of Specialty Products. In his new role, Brooks will oversee Roland DGA’s dental and 3D product lines, reporting to Roland DGA Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Oransky. Although Brooks will now be responsible for managing additional Roland products outside of Roland DGA’s Easy Shape dental family, including the company’s CNC milling, 3D printing and rotary engraving offerings, he will continue to be involved in the management of Roland’s dental products as well.
Also changing roles within the company is Matt Anderson, previously Roland DGA’s Service Account...
Master Ceramist Peter Pizzi and Jensen Dental to Host Hands On Courses in MN, TX and NY and Virtual Study Clubs in 2016
Recognizing the importance of improving esthetics while improving profitability in the market, Jensen Dental and Peter Pizzi, CDT, MDT have teamed up to offer several hands-on courses and Virtual Study Clubs in Q3 and Q4 2016. The hands-on courses and virtual study clubs we are offering provide a unique opportunity for dental technicians to expand their knowledge, sharpen their skills and get some great tips and tricks that will help them grow their business from one of the best dental technicians in the country”, said Kevin Mahan, VP Sales & Marketing at Jensen Dental.
Attendees of the hands on courses (TX, MN, NY) and virtual study clubs (online) will learn how incorporating communication, material options and selection, photography as an aid in ceramic builds, and color communication into their daily regiment will enable them (and their dentists) to achieve the highest level of predictability and satisfaction.
“Digital and material advancements continue to...
- June 2016
Curating content is not simply aggregating it and serving it up for your audience to analyze or find answers themselves. It’s about picking the most relevant and useful information on a topic, adding your insights and commentary, and making it easy for your audience to make a decision or enhance their understanding of that topic. To put your own stamp on the content you’ve curated, you can supplement or combine it with an existing post, infographic or video of your own. Curation is taking a lot of good things and packing them into one better thing.
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Panthera Dental Creates Panthera Sleep, a New Division Specialized in Sleep-Related Products and Solutions
Because of fast-growing demand, Panthera Dental has decided to create a distinct division for its line of sleep products, with dedicated teams of R&D and Marketing. From now on, customers have access to a new web portal at www.pantherasleep.com to learn more about our products. Moreover, a new section for patients is now available on the website to inform the public of the benets of the D-SAD , Panthera Dental’s patented CAD/CAM sleep appliance.
At the same time, Panthera Dental is proud to integrate the compatibility of the D-SAD with 3Shape’s Trios and Align Technology’s iTero scanners. Customers can now use these two intra-oral scanning technologies to order their appliances. This method increases accuracy and creates a more interesting customer experience for the end-user. Using intra-oral scanning technology also reduces the turnaround time required for the production of the nal appliance.
To add new features to its well-adapted...
- February 2016
ETI Digital Technology, located in Anaheim, CA, was given an award for being the Top Dental Distributor for Stratasys 3D printers in North America for 2015. The award was presented at the annual Stratasys Channel Partners meeting held January 18th - January 20th, 2016 in Park City, Utah. Pictured are (from l. to r.): John Gould - President of Stratasys North America, Steve Young - President of ETI Digital Technology, Valerie Poon - Sales and Marketing Manager of ETI Digital Technology and Eric Bert - Senior Vice President Sales of Stratasys North America.
In order to continue to provide its partner laboratories with premier outsourcing services, Custom Milling Center relocates to a new facility Feb. 8.
The 25,000 square-foot facility provides CMC with the space to expand and optimize its modular workflow. With a streamlined process, CMC’s partner laboratories will continue to be able to take advantage of split-file technology to provide quick turnaround on all materials.
The move allows CMC to continue to offer the industry’s largest selection of millable materials, providing partner laboratories the flexibility to confidently meet any prescription without the burden of carrying a large inventory. In addition, the expanded production-area footprint allows CMC to continue to provide complex restorations such as the Pearl Screw Retained Hybrid Bridge and custom titanium bars quickly and cost-effectively.
“Laboratories need an outsourcing partner with the expertise to meet any need at any time,” Tonya Hampshire Director...
- January 2016
There has been a lot of press lately on the issue of FDA’s position on the laboratory’s use of CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of abutments.
We recognize that this guidance from the FDA can impact the dental laboratories’ options for providing CAD/CAM abutments and would like to assure all dental professionals that DENTSPLY Implants is a fully FDA-compliant abutment manufacturer. With our ATLANTIS solutions for all major implant systems, we will continue to provide FDA 510(k) cleared abutments on all materials and interfaces to provide peace of mind for dental laboratories, their doctors and the patients they care for – because it matters.
Since 1999, we have manufactured well over 1.5 million abutments globally and respect the need for quality and FDA cleared implant solutions to support reliable, long-term outcomes. We welcome the opportunity to be the provider of choice for patient-specific restorative solutions.
If we can be of additional support to the dental laboratory...
As of January 1, Hans Geiselhöringer has taken over as President of Nobel Biocare. The appointment was made to strengthen the organization around its strategic goals.
Since 2011 Hans Geiselhöringer has served as Executive Vice President of Global Research, Products and Development, shaping a highly competitive product and innovation pipeline. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President Global Marketing and Products from 2010–2011 and Head of NobelProcera and Guided Surgery from 2009–2010. Hans joined Nobel Biocare as Head of NobelProcera in 2008 and was appointed a member of the executive committee in 2009.
From 2004 to 2009, Hans acted as a Global Speaker for Nobel Biocare and with this appointment; he becomes the first Nobel Biocare customer and dental expert in the company’s history to take the reigns as its highest ranking executive. In 1998, he founded DentalX GmbH, a leading dental laboratory chain specializing in implantology, anaplastology,...
- November 2015
The industry is abuzz with questions and concerns about the FDA’s newest statement on in-lab milling of implant abutments (see NADL alert below). Watch for additional coverage in LMT.
From NADL:FDA Alert - Labs not permitted to use CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of most abutments
When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a "manufacturer" as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so.
That still did not answer the questions about the “tooth end” of the abutment, the abutment collar/post. Sometime later FDA ultimately stated a dental laboratory may mill the collar/post as long as the dental laboratory follows the manufacturer's FDA cleared instructions.
Now, nearly two years later, there is still only one manufacturer that has obtained FDA clearance for their in-lab CAD/CAM...
- October 2015
Robert Ganley, Chief Executive Officer for Ivoclar Vivadent, announced the promotions of several members of the organization’s North American executive team earlier this week. They include Sarah Anders to Chief Operating Officer, Dr. George Tysowsky to Senior Vice President Technology & Professional Relations, Dr. Michael Gaglio to Senior Vice President Marketing and Digital Communication, and Pierre Lamoure to Senior Vice President Clinical Sales.
"This is an exciting time for dentistry, with so much potential for growth," said Ganley. "Our success will depend upon clear vision, industry-leading innovation, and forward-based thinking. Under their leadership, we will continue to set new standards in providing outstanding service and support our customers and partners.”
Sarah Anders, MBA, Chief Operating OfficerSarah Anders has been promoted to the newly established position of Chief Operating Officer. In addition to her leadership role of Senior Vice President...
- August 2015
NFL Great Emmitt Smith Joins Exciting Lineup of Keynote Speakers At Sirona's CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration
Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneers of digital dentistry, recently signed Emmitt Smith, former NFL great and current President and CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., to appear on stage during its upcoming CEREC® 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration. Smith replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., who had to withdraw from C30 due to personal reasons.
Emmitt Smith rose to prominence in the 1990s as the superstar running back of the Dallas Cowboys, and was an integral part of the team’s phenomenal success in winning three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. Smith culminated his illustrious Hall of Fame career with the proud distinction as having the most rushing yards in NFL history, a record he still holds.
Since his retirement from football in 2005, Smith has successfully transitioned his talents from the gridiron to the business world, founding Emmitt Smith Enterprises (ESE)—an umbrella company of several organizations focusing...
Vaniman Manufacturing Company has announced that it will begin to offer a new 3D rendering service titled Design Center beginning Monday, August 3.
The 3D rendering service will assist with the plumbing needs of your laboratory and accompanying dust collectors. You can choose between the 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 station standard templates, or contact Vaniman for any further modifications you would like to make.
“The process is simple, pick a template that meets your basic needs then we will customize it to your specific lab,” Kyle Galenza, Sales and Marketing Manager, said.
The Vaniman team understands just how busy dental professionals are, and how much time it can take to build a dental laboratory from the ground up. That is why the Design Center provides you with a fast service that is completely customizable.
“This service takes less than 2 business days to complete and can be modified to meet the customer’s needs. Afterwards, we supply labeled instructions for easy...
- July 2015
Amann Girrbach proudly announces the distribution partnership agreement with Benco Dental, one of the fastest growing privately owned dental distribution companies in the U.S. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.
“I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”
“In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that...
- June 2015
Noel Laboratories, an Atascadero-based full-service dental laboratory, has bought Atascadero Dental Laboratory for an undisclosed amount.
The purchase became final June 8.
Noel Laboratories manufactures crowns, dentures, bridges, implants and other dental prosthetics for dentists and other dental laboratories.
Atascadero Dental Laboratory seller William (Butch) Houghton will join Noel Laboratories’ dental technician team, marketing director Estella Webb said. Noel Laboratories now has 23 employees and anticipates more growth, she said.
“We are continuing to grow and add employees,” she said. “We’re already talking about hiring more technicians.”
Webb declined to disclose the company’s annual revenues. In 2013, when the company purchased Arroyo Grande Dental Lab and moved its operations to Atascadero, a company spokeswoman said annual revenues were more than $1 million.
Founded in 1974 in San Luis Obispo by John C. Noel, a certified dental technician,...
In preparation for its upcoming CEREC© 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration, Sirona Dental Inc. announced today that in addition to an informative preshow program now posted on www.CEREC30th.com, the event’s Early Bird Registration specials have been extended until June 15th, 2015.
Originally set to expire on May 30th, the company that pioneered digital dentistry has decided to prolong Early Bird Registration until June 15th in order to provide dental professionals an extended window of time to purchase tickets at a lower price and take advantage of the many special promotions offered by registering early.
In addition, a detailed preshow program is now available on www.CEREC30th.com, the company’s dedicated website to all things CEREC 30. The preshow program details each day of the celebration’s jam-packed, three-day schedule and includes: an overview of CEREC 30; dates, times, and topics for each general and breakout educational session; keynote and featured...
- May 2015
MicroDental Laboratories’ Kim Bradshaw Passes the Reigns to Bill Johnson as Next Chief Executive Officer.
MicroDental Laboratories announced the promotion of Bill Johnson to CEO and Len Liptak to President. Earlier this year Kimberly Bradshaw 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 supports her passing the reigns to Bill Johnson as Chief Executive and to Len Liptak as President. Both gentlemen served as members of her Executive Team and have been integral to the success of the company.
“We brought Kim in as CEO because of her track record for designing and executing strategy, implementing systemic approaches to customer service, and her reputation for building strong teams, all of which MicroDental needed in the rapidly changing...
Early Bird Registration for Sirona's CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration Quickly Coming to an End on May 31st
Sirona’s Early Bird Registration for its upcoming CEREC© 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration is quickly coming to an end. The company that pioneered digital dentistry is advising dental professionals to purchase tickets now for the three-day digital dentistry extravaganza before special Early Bird Registration offers expire on May 31st.
Following a full review of ticket sales momentum and current registration numbers for the event, the Company quickly realized that event tickets are selling at an extremely rapid pace and are urging dental professionals to take advantage of the special pricing before the CEREC 30 Early Bird Registration special comes to an end on May 31st.
“A number of very attractive incentives are offered for early registrants including lower ticket prices, VIP Packages offered at a reduced price, and more,” remarked Sirona Dental, Inc. President, Michael Augins. “We are extremely pleased with the outstanding level of interest...
In celebration of its 25th year in business, Master Ceramist, Inc. is offering a 25% discount on current retail prices for its line of ceramic products, including firing pegs, liquids, mediums and accessories until September 25, 2015. The company has also launched a new website, mc-direct.com, making it easy to purchase products directly; for instance, the Express Page features the company’s most popular products with a brief description and pricing so you can order them quickly.
“An advantage to ordering direct is that we have all of our products in stock and we offer technical support and service on our entire line,” says Rick Tobey, Master Ceramist Founder. “You can also order our products from your favorite dealer, some of which may also offer the discounted pricing.” The Inventive Technician In the 1980s, Tobey had his own laboratory, Tobey Ceramics, in Asheville, NC. At that time, silver palladium alloys were becoming increasingly popular but also posed...
In its 13 years of clinical use, the pioneering Lava™ Zirconia brand from 3M ESPE Dental has become trusted by dentists and labs around the world. Now, 3M ESPE Dental is giving more labs access to the quality, esthetics and clinical performance the Lava™ brand is known for, making 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia available in a disc format for open-source milling.
The new Lava Plus portfolio, which is available to labs milling 98-mm discs, includes both Lava Plus zirconia as well as its unique shading system. The 98mm-diameter zirconia discs are available in thicknesses of 14mm, 18mm and 25mm, and in formats with and without a step. Based on the same material technology as the Mill Blank formats for Lava Milling Systems, Lava Plus Discs and Lava Plus Mill Blanks offer the reliability and high performance that the Lava brand is known for.
“This introduction gives labs access to one of the most trusted zirconia materials on the market, as...
- January 2015
Harvest Dental Products has named Donald D. Park, as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development. Donald will lead strategic growth initiatives for Harvest as well as being part of the executive management team.
“Donald brings a dynamic background to this role that will help impact industry and channel development” said Sasha der Avanessian, Managing Director of Harvest Dental Products. “His background is perfectly matched to the strategic initiatives we have as an growing organization to align the Harvest brand with innovation, product development and growth.”
Donald’s background in the dental industry spans from implants; materials; new technologies, manufacturing and general lab operations. He worked on strategic partnerships while at Biomet Inc.; Biomet 3i,LLC and DenMat Holdings LLC with global organizations, including Align Technology, 3M ESPE; Sirona GmbH; 3Shape and many others.
“This position is a unique opportunity for me to help...