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Each year, the Edison Awards honor the top innovations upending the status quo and transforming the way people live and work. Selected through a thorough review process conducted by experts in the fields of science, technology, design, engineering and marketing, the 2020 Edison Awards Winners in the Dental/Medical category are the latest crop of new and noteworthy advances you’ll be seeing—and adopting—soon. Among the winners are:

 

  • Easy Denture, arguably the most accessible denture option in the world, earned the company a Dental Innovations gold award. According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, approximately 40 million people are edentulous – without teeth. Easy Denture resolved to create a solution that’s a simple as boiling water. Simply Dip Easy Denture in boiling water for 60 seconds. Cool for the same amount of time. Align in the mouth and create a seal for 90 seconds. Place denture in cold water to set for 30 seconds. That’s all there is to it. One visit and done.

 

  • With a bronze medal in the Dental Innovations category, Richmond Soft BiteBlock by Richmond Dental & Medical is a groundbreaking tool to protect patients under general anesthesia. It helps protect the airway device (Endotracheal Tube or Laryngeal Mask Airway), teeth, and tongue during emergence. The Soft BiteBlock‘s dense cylindrical shape allows for consistent compression performance when placed between a patient’s molars with the tongue positioned medially.

 

  • ORISE Gel Submucosal Lifting Agent, a pseudoplastic/non-Newtonian viscous gel used for the creation of submucosal cushions beneath polyps, adenomas, or early-stage cancers by Boston Scientific earned a silver award in the Advanced Surgical Instruments category.

 

  • A Silver award honoree in the Sterilization Solutions category, SciCan’s StatClave G4 vacuum sterilizer contains both pre- and post-sterilization vacuums. With the reliability and trust you’ve come to expect from STATIM, the STATCLAVE G4 is designed to deliver speed, capacity and efficiency to your practice. STATCLAVE improves steam penetration and post-sterilization vacuum to improve drying. Its 11” chamber and vacuum-assisted closed-door drying efficiently delivers sterilized and dried wrapped instruments.

 

Established in 1987, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

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Perform dental exams clearly with Edison Award-winning Throat Scope®

The days of traditional oral examinations are over.
Throat Scope®, an innovative probing device manufactured by Holland Healthcare Inc., enables doctors to easily perform intraoral examinations of patients’ mouths.

The unpleasant experience of restraining a toddler, while a doctor used a tongue depressor and flashlight to pry open the young patient’s mouth, gave inventor Jennifer Holland (above, center) her lightbulb moment.

The 2017 Silver Edison Award-winning product provides a light source located inside the mouth to allow medical professionals one free hand to conduct a fast, accurate and pleasant oral examination experience.

The device is completely sterile. Plastic depressors attach to the handle and are disposed after use. The depressors are clear, which allow for light to easily penetrate through the transparent material.

The strong luminescence can help professionals spot abnormalities that may have been missed when using wooden depressors and a dental flashlight during examinations. Light emitted from flashlights do not fully illuminate the mouth like Throat Scope® does.

Don’t just read about it, take a look at Throat Scope® in this video.

Video by Holland Healthcare Inc.

These Throat Scope® features save time and add ease to examinations:

* a handle with three powerful LED lights with an estimated five-year shelf life.
* a handle that can be used under any circumstance to illuminate dark or hard-to-see areas, for instance, during difficult dental procedures.
* less frequently charging than a cell phone, because the environmentally-friendly tool works continuously for 20 hours.

Throat Scope® offers convenience and numerous unique benefits at an affordable cost – driving dentistry forward through innovation. A starter pack is priced under $35 at Benco.com and includes the Throat Scope®, two blades and 50 single-use depressors.

Speaking of the Edison Awards — Nomination deadline ends today

The deadline to nominate an innovation for the Edison Awards is today. The annual competition, created in 1987, honors excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Past winners have included Fortune 500s, small startups, and everything in between — including dental products and services. To nominate a new product that deserves recognition, learn details and submit an entry here.

Need a nudge? Be inspired by dentistry’s past honorees.

Now is the time to submit an innovation, rank among the dental industry’s most esteemed inventors and make a difference. Enter your nomination today.

Celebrate the art of dental invention with the Edison Awards

Celebrate a savings of $300 if you nominate your dental innovation by the 2019 Edison Awards™ early bird nomination deadline on October 18. Nominate today: https://edisonawards.com/

The Edison Best New Product Awards™ is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Past winners have included Fortune 500s, small startups, and everything in between.

Companies and dental professionals who’ve recently launched outstanding innovations are invited to apply by November 22, 2019, but can save $300 on the entry fee by nominating next week.

Need some encouragement?

Meet some previous honorees in dentistry. Edison Award-winning dental innovators at the Gold, Silver and Bronze have included:

2015: Vatech, 3M, 3D Systems, Aribex, Convergent Dental, Kerr Endodontics, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, NSK, Molar Media Mount, Benco Dental, and Inventionstring.

2016: Solea ®  by Convergent Dental, Multi-Axis Spiral Suction by Ghost Mfg, Oral B Pro 5000 with Bluetooth by Procter & Gamble, Dr. Kim’s Shadowless Headlamp by DrKimUSA.com

2017: ECO Balance by GLO Science™, Inc., Throat Scope® by Holland Healthcare Inc. and 3M™ Mobile True Definition Scanner by 3M.

2018: Senior Mobile Dental, The Periogen Company, Akervall Technologies Inc., Carestream Dental and St. Renatus, LLC.

2019: Invisalign Treatment with mandibular advancement by Align Technology, Bond Apatite® by Augma Biomaterials®, Airway Armor™ by Zirc Dental Products Inc., Goccles® by Pierrel Pharma S.r.L., CS 9600 cone beam computed tomography system by Carestream Dental.

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Gold! Silver! Bronze! Dental Innovations bring home the Edisons.

10 nations. 500 senior executives and their guests. More than 3000 judges. Five award-winning dental innovations.

Edison Awards announces 2019 honorees

On April 4, at the Capitale in New York City, the 2019 Edison Awards™ winners of game-changing new products and service were announced. Proving innovation has reached into all categories, the winners covered AI, robotics, consumer electronics, consumer goods, medical and dental, and social innovation.

With more than 500 senior executives and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a Gala dinner. The diverse group of attendees represented many nations including Australia, Canada, Philippines, Israel, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Dubai, and the United States.

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Dentistry: Innovation at its finest

Five dental discoveries earned awards at Thursday’s celebration. Read about them here and hear from the inventors who brought them to life at: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/the-2019-edison-awards/

CATEGORY: DENTAL TREATMENTS

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Invisalign treatment with mandibular advancement is the first clear aligner solution for Class II correction in growing tween and teen patients. This new offering combines the benefits of the most advanced clear aligner system in the world with features for moving the lower jaw forward while simultaneously aligning the teeth.

  • SILVER AWARD

Bond Apatite® by Augma Biomaterials®

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Augma’s innovation is based on a patent which revolutionizes bone grafting procedures before placing implants. The material completely transforms into a patient’s own bone without using additives. Placement is immediate, allowing less invasive procedures with far better results. Healing time shortens tremendously with high predictability and a 95% success rate.

  • BRONZE AWARD

Airway Armor™ by Zirc Dental Products Inc.

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Dental objects are the second most common object that are ingested or aspirated in adults. Airway Armor is an easy-to-place, comfortable device designed to protect patients from aspirating or ingesting unwanted dental materials. It is a unique product in the dental industry because there is nothing like it on the market. Not only does it protect the patient, but also protects the Dr. from potential malpractice litigation.

 

CATEGORY: DIAGNOSTICS

  • SILVER AWARD

Goccles® by Pierrel Pharma S.r.L.

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GOCCLES is an FDA approved medical device with patented lenses that allows the observation of the fluorescence of the healthy mucosa and the detection of suspicious pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions, which appear as dark areas on a green background and are sometimes barely or totally invisible to the naked eye.

  • BRONZE AWARD

 

CS 9600 cone beam computed tomography system by Carestream Dental

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Highly intelligent and innovative, the CS 9600 delivers outstanding precision at every exam, for every user. This customizable five-in-one system gives doctors the flexibility to meet every clinical need and provide their patients with the best care, from examining the minute details of a canal to planning for orthognathic surgery.

WHAT DOES AN EDISON AWARD SIGNIFY?

Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements that changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world.

“After 32 years, it never ceases to amaze us how innovations that we could only dream about become our reality. Once again, the winners created innovations that are revolutionizing industries and becoming indispensable,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

One of the evening’s many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM. The award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. Over the past seven years, Ms. Rometty has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history. The company has become the world leader in AI and cloud computing for business and garnered the most patents in history.

In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day Meet the Innovators Forum and the Innovators’ Showcase, which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products including IBM Q (quantum), DropKey Studio in a Bag, Power Dolphin and more.