Vatech America and Materialise Dental Form New Strategic Alliance

Written on October 1st, 2010

Secaucus, N.J.— October 1, 2010 - Materialise Dental, which develops 3D technology solutions for implant practices, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and orthodontists, and Vatech America, Inc., provider of 3D scanning equipment, announced today a strategic partnership to deliver the best diagnostic and treatment planning products and services for their customers.

Users of Vatech’s 3D imaging equipment will have the ability to use the industry leading SimPlant® treatment planning software and the capability of ordering SurgiGuide® drill guides (custom made through stereolithography) that can reside on the teeth, mucosa, or even on bone.

Thanks to this partnership, dental surgeons can conveniently perform in-office 3D scans and import the data into SimPlant® to orchestrate effective functional implant planning, thereby eliminating the multiple consultations and follow-up visits that this process normally requires. By using detailed 3D anatomical imaging data taken from Vatech’s products, specialists performing implant surgery with the aid of SimPlant® planning software may now create the most complete and accurate treatment plans for implant placement surgery.

The SimPlant® software and SurgiGuide® drill guides are compatible with all implant brands and CT and Cone-beam 3D scanners, thus providing clinicians the opportunity to stay with their own implant brands and scanning equipment. The Vatech DICOM 3 file output enables their products to integrate with virtually all leading implant planning and third party volumetric software products.

Travis Harrison, Director of Business Development at Vatech America says, “We are extremely excited about the new partnership and look forward to better serving the implant marketplace.”

John J. Thomas, General Manager at Materialise Dental Inc.: “The goal of our collaboration with Vatech America Inc. is to show that this cone-beam 3D equipment can be used in conjunction with our computer guided dentistry solutions. It’s an all-in treatment solution, leading to increased case success.”


About Vatech America, Inc.

Vatech America is a leading provider of digital dental radiography products. As the US subsidiary of Vatech Inc., Vatech America is dedicated solely to innovative digital dental X-ray imaging technologies that aid dentists and ultimately help to improve the health of dental patients. The company is responsible for technological advances in recent years that offer every American dental practice, from small to large, endless possibilities to achieve higher standards.


About Materialise Dental

Materialise Dental focuses on 3D digital dentistry, by offering a range of products and services to support dental specialists in the treatment of their patients. Materialise Dental continues to lead the dental industry in medical image processing, surgery simulation and rapid prototyping technology. The company

Vatech America and Materialise Dental Form New Strategic Alliance
is represented worldwide by subsidiary offices and authorized distributors and is a trusted partner for many of the largest clinics and research institutions. The successful SimPlant® brand includes a range of solutions for computer guided dentistry, including software packages tailored for implant practices as well as oral maxillofacial surgeons and orthodontists.

Press contacts:

Michael Burrows
Vatech America
201.210.5118
mburrows@vatechamerica.com

Matt Tedrow
Materialise Dental, Inc.
matt.tedrow@materialise.com

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