Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 02 May 2011 12:33
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALGN) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately-held Cadent Holdings, Inc. (Cadent), a leading provider of 3D digital scanning solutions for orthodontics and dentistry, and makers of the iTero(TM) and OrthoCAD(R) iOC(TM) scanning systems.
The acquisition of Cadent positions Align as a leader in one of the best growth opportunities in dentistry and medical devices today. Intra-oral scanning is a critical part of enabling new digital technologies and procedures in dental practices including CAD/CAM for restorative dentistry or in-office restorations. Cadent strengthens Align's ability to drive adoption of Invisalign by integrating Invisalign treatment more fully with mainstream chair-side tools and procedures in doctors' practices. The combination of the two companies will help accelerate the use of intra-oral scanning in the dental industry by leveraging Align's global sales reach, extensive professional and consumer marketing capabilities, and base of over 55 thousand ClinCheck(R) software users.
"Align is committed to supporting and building on the technology and products that have made Cadent one of the emerging leaders in intra-oral scanning. That commitment includes continued support of an open system approach that gives doctors and laboratories maximum flexibility, and continued investment in tools that aid and improve restorative, implant, and orthodontic procedures," said Thomas M. Prescott, Align Technology president and chief executive officer. "We will continue to invest in Cadent products and look forward to combining our technology and expertise with Cadent's to deliver innovative new tools to our customers."
Cadent president and chief executive officer, Timothy Mack, has been appointed senior vice president of business development, reporting directly to Mr. Prescott. Mr. Mack is responsible for creating and developing business partnerships in dentistry and extending Align's technology with distributors and lab partners.
Align plans to maintain all Cadent products and services which includes the iTero digital impression system, OrthoCAD iOC orthodontic digital impression system, OrthoCAD iCast(TM), OrthoCAD iQ(TM), and OrthoCAD iRecord(TM). As part of an ongoing program to evaluate interoperability of intra-oral scanning systems for future use with Invisalign treatment, Align is in final interoperability beta tests with Cadent's intra-oral scanning systems and continues to expect to announce interoperability in the second quarter of 2011.