• July
  • 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...

    Jensen Dental

    Tuesday at 4:53 pm

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  • June
  • 8 ways to Bring Content Curation Into Your Social Media

    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.

    #1 Build trust, build rapport

    The main purpose of curation in a museum is to deliver educative value. Another purpose is to influence some aspect of the visitor’s attitude or values stemming from his/her discovery of some meaning in the objects on display, a discovery stimulated and sustained by the visitor’s confidence in the perceived authenticity of the content (Lord & Piacente, Manual of Museum Exhibitions,...

    DentalLabSupport.com

    June 23 at 7:30 pm

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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...

    Panthera Dental

    June 22 at 1:32 pm

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  • February
  • ETI Digital Technology Earns Stratasys Award

    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.

    ETI Digital Technology

    February 15 at 9:26 am

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  • Custom Milling Center Moves to New Facility

    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...

    CMC - Custom Milling Center

    February 8 at 10:10 am

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  • January
  • DENTSPLY Implants: Our Abutments Have Full FDA Compliance

    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...

    DENTSPLY Implants

    January 18 at 10:43 am

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  • Hans Geiselhöringer Appointed President of Nobel Biocare

    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,...

    Nobel Biocare USA

    January 18 at 10:40 am

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  • November 2015
  • NADL Issues FDA Alert Regarding In-Lab Milling of Abutments

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.

    November 24 at 12:06 pm

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  • October 2015
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces Executive Team Promotions

    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...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.

    October 9, 2015

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  • 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...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.

    August 12, 2015

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  • Vaniman Manufacturing Company Offers New Service

    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...

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  • July 2015
  • Amann Girrbach Announces Distribution Partnership with Benco Dental

    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...

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  • June 2015
  • Noel Laboratories Purchases Atascadero Dental Laboratory

    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,...

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  • Early Bird Registration for Sirona's CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration Extended Through June 15th

    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...

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  • May 2015
  • MicroDental Laboratories Announces Leadership Changes

    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...

    MicroDental

    May 11, 2015

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  • 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...

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  • Master Ceramist, Inc. Offers Special 25th Anniversary Pricing

    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...

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  • 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia Now Available in Disc Format for Open Milling

    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...

    3M

    May 4, 2015

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  • January 2015
  • Harvest Names Donald Park Senior VP of Global Business Development

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.

    January 13, 2015

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  • December 2014
  • Amann Girrbach, CAP Announce Partnership

    Amann Girrbach and CAP have announced a North American partnership for distribution, sales and customer support. Beginning January 5, 2015, customers will have access to the full line of AG products and future innovations as well as current offerings from CAP. AG will retain their Charlotte, NC, office as their corporate marketing and product service center while sales, service and support will be based at CAP. 

    LMT Communications, Inc.

    December 11, 2014

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  • October 2014
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces a New Partnership with BEGO USA

    Ivoclar Vivadent Announces a New Partnership with BEGO USA

    With Selective Laser melting, BEGO USA produces high quality metal copings and bridges

    Amherst, NY…Ivoclar Vivadent announces its new partnership with BEGO USA through its association with Wieland Precision Technology to provide digital alloy options with Selective Laser Melting and CAD/Casting. This new partnership solidifies Wieland Precision Technology as a comprehensive outsourcing production center and solution for laboratories to help increase their efficiency for producing quality metal-based restorations.

    The Selective Laser Melting offered by BEGO USA and Wieland is a form of rapid prototyping or sterolithography completed using laser technology to melt alloy powder into thin layers. These thin layers are then melted together to create homogenous copings and bridges. Compared to restorations cast in the same alloy, restorations featuring alloys processed with Selective Laser Melting offer higher tensile strength,...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.

    October 30, 2014

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  • Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction to Benefit Thousands of Vulnerable Children

    National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF) will hold a Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction November 1-24 to engage caring companies and individuals across the dental industry in saving the smiles of vulnerable children.

    Corporations and individuals participate by purchasing virtual "tables" for $5,000 and/or by donating items for the silent auction. Each table sponsor will have a $5,000 ToothFairy Grant awarded in their name to an NCOHF Affiliate community clinic or program serving at-risk children. Thanks to generous underwriters, 100% of event proceeds will be allocated to help children in need.

    Table sponsors include the following generous individuals and corporations: 3M ESPE, 3M ESPE Retired Execs, A. Titan, Align Technology, Inc., BAE Systems, Benco Dental, Dr. Gordon Christensen, Darby Dental, Dentsply, DMG America, Dudnyk, Mr. Henk van Duijnhoven, Hanley Wood Marketing, Henry Schein, IQ Dental, Mr. Thomas and JoAnn Prescott, SciCan,...

    LMT Communications, Inc.

    October 21, 2014

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  • June 2014
  • Sirona Dental Inc. Announces Keurig™ Coffee Maker Give-Away

    Sirona Dental, Inc. is pleased to announce a special incentive for all commercial dental laboratories that complete an in-house demonstration of Sirona’s full line of inLab® CAD/CAM solutions.

    Specifically, Sirona will reward all dental laboratories that complete a full Sirona inLab system demonstration between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 with a Keurig® K145 OfficePRO® Brewing System.  Participants will also receive a bonus 12 Count K-Cup® variety box that includes 12 different delicious blends of coffee. 

    Dental laboratories can register for inLab CAD/CAM demonstrations two ways:

    Visit www.inLabdemo.com and click on the “Register Now” button.  After completing the registration form, participants will have the option to choose a preferred demonstration date and time. 

    Contact your local Sirona inLab sales representative to schedule a convenient time and date by calling (855) InLab4U 

    The Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing...

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  • April 2014
  • Who's Hot 2014

    Whether you're still celebrating a Super Bowl victory or turned your attention back to college basketball, you're involved with your team. I've thrown an extra Ezine at you this month because I wanted to brag about two of my current teammates...

     

    The Journal of Dental Technology has just recognized our VP of Sales and Marketing, Anne Steinbock, as someone "Who's Hot" in 2014. I hope you pick up the publication to read the article which highlights how Anne grew up in the Whip Mix business (her grandfather is our founder), but chose architecture to study. Because Anne likes faster results and personal contact with her customers, she came back to her family business, where she's been for over 25 years.

     

    If you know Anne, you know that she's family-oriented, customer driven and passionate about making the dental industry better. As a proud Louisville native, she loves giving back to her community through programs such as the Give Kids a Smile event.

    Whip Mix Corp.

    February 14, 2014

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  • February 2014
  • 3M ESPE Announces New President and General Manager

    3M ESPE Dental announces the appointment of James Ingebrand as its new President and General Manager, responsible for the strategic direction and overall operations of 3M ESPE.  Ingebrand has a 30-year career at 3M, much of it in healthcare including dental, which will allow him to very quickly transition into the new role.

    "Jim has a proven track record of business leadership," said Joaquin Delgado, Executive Vice President, 3M Health Care Business Group. "Prior to successfully leading 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division, Jim led our core dental business in 3M ESPE. Jim is very familiar with key players in the dental industry and will be a great leader for this business.”

    Ingebrand’s previous positions within 3M include roles as President and General Manager of 3M Drug Delivery Systems, Global Business Director for 3M ESPE Dental and as the Marketing Director for the 3M Infection Prevention Division.

    “When I left the dental group the first time around, it was a bittersweet...

    LMT Communications, Inc.

    February 13, 2014

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