Premier CEO talks AI and dentistry with WSJ

As President and CEO of Premier Dental Products Company, a family business that develops, manufactures and distributes dental products worldwide, Julie Charlestein (shown above) is the first woman and the fourth generation of the Charlestein family to lead the company, which was founded by her great grandfather, Julius Charlestein, in 1913.

In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Agam Shah, Charlestein discussed how she believes Artificial intelligence (AI) will keep the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania- based business “alive for another century.”

Charlestein, who was voted one of The Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report, is leading Premier through its next evolutionary phase. Her aim: driving relevance to the marketplace with a customer-driven mindset underpinned by a focus on technology, data, brand strength, and human capital.

From his discussion with Charlestein, Shah explains Premier’s process:

“The company is using machine-learning algorithms to analyze historical sales data, information on dental procedures purchased from a data company, and U.S. dental industry trends to predict which products dentists are likely to need. Premier then uses that insight to determine what to promote. For instance, the company’s analysis spotted a need for a special clay paste for crowns and bridges, prompting it to boost marketing of its Traxodent product.

AI also helped the company identify the best applications for its SmartCap technology. The material provides long-lasting protection from tooth decay through microcapsules filled with fluoride, calcium and phosphate. Premier took information about SmartCap and matched it up with information from dentists on how they would most likely use the technology. The AI helped it figure out that more relevant applications for the product would be in areas such as sealant to protect enamel from decay. The company dedicated more resources in putting SmartCap in the applications recommended by AI, holding back from using it in other products to stave off the risk of dentists not using it.”

“Deciding not to do something in medical device development is as valuable as deciding to do something.”

Julie Charlestein, Premier President and CEO, discusses the value of AI in a recent Wall Street Journal interview.

Read the complete Wall Street Journal interview: https://on.wsj.com/2XormXk (free log-in needed for full text)

Danaher: New dental company to be named Envista Holdings Corp.

Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) (“Danaher”) today announced that Envista Holdings Corporation (“Envista” or the “Company”) will be the name of the separate company Danaher intends to create and take public via an initial public offering in the second half of 2019. 

Envista will be comprised of three operating companies within Danaher’s Dental segment: Nobel Biocare Systems, KaVo Kerr, and Ormco. These businesses have significant positions in dental implants, orthodontics, dental equipment and consumables, and include brands such as Nobel Biocare, KaVo, Kerr, i-CAT, Dexis, Metrex, Pelton & Crane, Ormco, Implant Direct, and Orascoptic.

Envista will be led by Amir Aghdaei, who will become President and Chief Executive Officer. Aghdaei currently serves as Danaher Group Executive with responsibility for the Dental segment.

Envista will be led by Amir Aghdaei, who will become President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Envista’s name is a combination of two Latin root words: ‘en’, a prefix meaning to be within, and ‘vista’, meaning a view. Our logo of concentric circles represents our ability to collaboratively achieve endless possibilities ahead. The Envista brand reflects the forward-looking energy that embodies our company culture.”

Amir Aghdaei, who will become Envista Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer.

Aghdaei continued, “Envista’s culture will be built on four core values: ‘Better Choices, Better Outcomes,’ ‘Relationships Built on Trust,’ ‘Innovation in Action,’ and ‘Continuous Improvement as a Competitive Advantage.’ Our Danaher heritage helped us shape these values and serves as a strong foundation for our business. The Envista Business System, which will be based on the Danaher Business System, will be our common operating model.”

Envista intends to apply to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock symbol will be NVST. 

Envista will employ 12,000 people worldwide. The company’s website is www.envistaco.com.

About Danaher

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping its customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. Its family of world class brands has leadership positions in the demanding and attractive health care, environmental and applied end-markets. With more than 20 operating companies, Danaher’s globally diverse team of approximately 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, and our Shared Purpose, Helping Realize Life’s Potential. For more information, visit www.danaher.com.

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Incisal Edge to honor 2019 ‘40 Under 40’

America’s Best Young Dentists to convene at Manhattan celebration June 6, 7

Dental lifestyle magazine expands signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; fall edition will spotlight 80 professionals from across the United States.

PITTSTON, PA — May 20, 2019 — Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor 80 of America’s rising stars at a two-day event, June 6 and 7, in the NoMad district of Manhattan. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” released today, will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Dr. Heidi B. Aaronson, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Michelle Augello, Buffalo, New York, Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Andrew F. Bartish, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Blair, West Allis, Wisconsin, Dr. Jaime S. Bremnes, Garden City and New York, New York, Dr. Corey Brick, New York, New York, Dr. Elizabeth Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Tyler J. Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Stanford Chen, Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Riley D. Clark, Medford, Oregon, Dr. Christen Dinkha, Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Emily Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Dustin R. C. Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Ryan Dulde, Eagle, Wisconsin, Dr. Kajuana Farrey, Riverdale and Moultrie, Georgia, Dr. Brianna Ganson, Leawood, Kansas, Dr. Randi Green, Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Dan Iannotti, Valencia, California, Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sako Karakozian, Studio City, California, Dr. Bill Keith, Mission, Kansas, Dr. Brittany Kinol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Arend Klooster, Holly Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg, New York, New York, Dr. Taline Kotchounian, Studio City, California, Dr. Kiwon Lee, Montvale, New Jersey, Dr. Katie McCann Lee, Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Jeff Moon, Haymarket, Virginia, Dr. Brett Moore, Plymouth, Minnesota, Dr. Nicole R. Naylor, Denver, North Carolina, Dr. JC Owens, Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Dr. Seena Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Onika Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shalin Patel, Dallas, Texas, Dr. Rebecca Pounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Caleb Robinson, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Dr. Jason Watts, Lithia, Florida, Dr. Richard J. Weber, Tabernacle, New Jersey.

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Dr. Huda Aljonaidy, Ormond Beach, Florida, Dr. Daniel Cassarella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Quinn Chan, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Monica Chandran, Olney, Maryland, Dr. Rita Chuang, Torrance, California, Dr. Charlie Clark, Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad, Chanhassen, Minnesota, Dr. Mark M. Dawoud, Palm Harbor, Florida, Dr. Hemant Dhawan, Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Nasem Dunlop, Foothill Ranch, California, Dr. Troy Eans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Roselyne Gichana, Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Susan Hernandez, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, Tennessee, Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, Swansea, Massachusetts, Dr. Tommy Lee, Montvale, New Jersey and New York, New York, Dr. Setareh Aghabak Lavasani, Pomona, California, Dr. Danielle Lombardi, New York, New York, Dr. Shawn Marsh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ryan Mendro, Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Justin Messina, Englewood, New Jersey, Dr. Alexis K. Moore, Valencia, California, Dr. Bar Nguyen, Spring and Katy, Texas, Dr. Lizzie O’Dell, Hurricane, West Virginia, Dr. BiNa Oh, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Valerie Okehie, Greenbelt, Maryland, Dr. Liliana Ortiz, New York, New York, Dr. Hubert J. Park, Lynn, Massachusetts, Dr. Mary Regina Pham, Placentia, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sean Pierce, Newport Beach and Tustin, California, Dr. Joel M. Preminger, Cedarhurst, New York, Dr. Kadambari Rawal, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Samantha Rawdin, New York, New York, Dr. Tuhina Sen Roy, Little Falls, New Jersey, Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, Austin, Texas, Dr. Andrea Smith, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarah Stipho, Framingham, Massachusetts, Dr. Walter D. Thames, Garden Ridge, Texas, Dr. Alexander Volchonok, New York, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Stephanie Zeller, Seattle, Washington.

“The sheer volume of nominations has grown to a point where we could no longer narrow our honorees to just 40,” said Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge. “As doctors strive for greater excellence in every aspect of practice—from cutting-edge clinical expertise to innovative entrepreneurship to remarkable patient environments—it became necessary to provide more opportunities to recognize their important achievements. That’s a great problem for dentistry to have.”

The itinerary for 2019 honorees includes an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers. The top young dentists in the nation will take a well-deserved break from the rigors of medicine and receive the red-carpet treatment by magazine staff, and a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis. The photography portfolio they create will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. 

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in the profession. Renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy or a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Members of the 2018 40 Under 40 are shown on the cover of the 2018 fall edition, photographed at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi, 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001. (Style Director Joseph DeAcetis/ Photography Sasha Maslov)

To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster charted course for change. Dental leader dies at 80.

“Barrier breaker.”

The Washington Post aptly describes the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the American College of Dentists in a tribute to her passing.

Dr. Joan Bluitt Foster, 1938 – 2019

(Photo courtesy The Island Funeral Home)

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.

Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:

“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.” 

After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.

Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.

“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”

Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.

Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.

Support Oral Cancer Cause at today’s SocialThon #occsharingiscaring

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Benco Dental acquires Dart Dental

Nation’s largest family-owned dental distribution company announces first acquisition in 2019 Benco Dental, the nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, today announces plans to acquire Connecticut-based Dart Dental Supply (shown) on April 29, 2019. This is Benco’s first significant acquisition in the Northeast region in the past several years. Dart Dental was […]

Benco Dental announces strategic partnership with biotech company StellaLife®

Eliminating the need for narcotic pain medications and steroids, accelerating healing, and delivering pain relief stand out as product benefits Benco Dental announces a partnership with StellaLife, an innovative biotech company on a mission to improve people’s lives and significantly reduce, or in some cases eliminate, the need for narcotic pain medications, steroids and antibiotics. […]

Benco Dental announces new partnership with VOCO

Two family-owned companies renowned for setting new standards of innovation unite to drive dentistry forward

Benco Dental announces a new partnership with VOCO, an almost 40-year global leader in the manufacturing of dental materials and technologies.  This collaboration delivers VOCO’s extensive product line of high- quality direct and indirect materials and digital workflow technologies to Benco customers.

“VOCO has a strong heritage of applying intensive research and development to create innovative dental products,” said Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director. “Their tenacity in setting new standards, even for products most take for granted, is perfectly aligned with our commitment to driving dentistry forward in every way possible.”

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Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Within the past 88 years, the company has developed distribution innovations that have become industry standards and in 2018, launched an Innovation Index. This key metric tracks the percentage of products sold that were introduced in the previous three years.

Based out of Cuxhaven, Germany, VOCO performs extensive research and development in the fields of direct and indirect restoratives, oral care and digital dentistry, setting new standards in the creation of innovative dental products and application aids to provide better solutions to dentists throughout the world. VOCO researchers partner and maintain close contact with over 150 universities and research institutes worldwide, and have been leading several research projects co-sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Research. This has enabled VOCO to act as a technological forerunner in several material development areas. As a leader in Nano-technology, VOCO products have received high praise and recognition in the U.S. with top ratings from The Dental Advisor, Reality and other independent institutes.

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Benco Dental announces a new partnership with VOCO, a 40-year global leader in the manufacturing of dental materials and technologies. Shown is Admira Fusion Nano-Ormocer® Direct Restorative, recipient of top ratings from The Dental Advisor and other independent institutes.

“We see many similarities between Benco and VOCO,” said Leif Ebert, CEO of VOCO America, Inc. “Both companies have been family owned for generations, which gives us the advantage of operating on a mid to long-term strategy rather than having to think quarter-to-quarter. Both companies have achieved enormous growth over the past few decades, and we are looking forward to continuing this success story together.”

Leif Ebert, CEO, VOCA America, Inc.
Leif Ebert, CEO, VOCA America, Inc.

VOCO exports to over 100 countries on six continents. Benco’s national network includes five distribution centers and three design showrooms and features a highly-skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians.

For details, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Benco Dental Announces Distribution Agreement with Align Technology for iTero Element® Intraoral Scanners

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