The BellaTek Encode Impression System Wins the Pride Institute’s “Best of Class” Award

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – (September 18, 2012) – Now in its fourth year, the Pride Institute's Best of Class Technology Award recognizes products that demonstrate excellence in their category. The BellaTek Encode Impression System from BIOMET 3i has won this award and is considered "Best of Class."

"We are very excited about the recognition the BellaTek™ Encode® Impression System is receiving," says BIOMET 3i President, Maggie Anderson. "This state-of-the-art technology that allows you to create a definitive abutment with just a simple impression of the healing abutment is helping clinicians around the globe reduce chair time and improve the experience for the patient. With the inclusion of intraoral scanning, there is no 'goop'. Just one, simple, precise impression, creating a beautiful, natural restoration."

A panel, comprised of leading voices in dental technology, comes together each year to discuss, debate and decide what products merit recognition. Organized by Dr. Lou Shuman, President of Pride Institute, the panel is committed to a selection method that is unbiased and rigorous. While panelists who receive compensation from dental companies are allowed to advocate for products those companies manufacture, they are prevented from voting for those technologies. This facilitates a dynamic process that, year-to-year, honors products obscure and well-known, basic and aspirational.

"The technology space has exploded in terms of quantity and quality of available products," says Dr. Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, President of Pride Institute. "With the potential for a considerable investment amount, it was important that someone step up and provide the corporate and dental communities with an unbiased selection process, led by technology key opinion leadership, with the sole focus of providing true guidance. That was the vision and it has come to fruition thanks to the support of the panel, ADA, Dental Products Report, and Dental Economics."

The panel consists of seven dentists with significant knowledge of and experience in dental technology, including Dr. Shuman; John Flucke, DDS, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dental Products Report; Paul Feuerstein, DMD, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dental Economics; Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburg, School of Dental Medicine; Marty Jablow, DMD, author, speaker, technology consultant, and columnist for Dr. biCuspid; Parag Kachalia, DDS, Director of New Technology at the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry; and Larry Emmott, DDS, technology writer, speaker and dental marketing consultant.

"I feel very fortunate that a panel of this magnitude has agreed to contribute to the selection process," says Dr. Shuman.The Pride Institute Best of Class Technology awards were launched in 2009 as a new concept to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. Through print and digital media coverage, the "Best of Class" message reaches the community of 150,000 dentists through multiple touchpoints—in print and online—educating them about the products. Honoree participation in the "Tech Expo" at the American Dental Association's Annual Session offers face-to-face interaction with the companies as well as technology-centered education provided by members of the panel as well as the esteemed consultants of Pride Institute. Courses at last year's 2011 meeting sold out. This year's event will be held October 18-21 in San Francisco.

About BIOMET 3i
BIOMET 3i LLC, is a leading manufacturer of dental implants, abutments and related products. Since its inception in 1987, BIOMET 3i has been on the forefront in developing, manufacturing and distributing oral reconstructive products, including dental implant components and bone and tissue regenerative materials. The company also provides educational programs and seminars for dental professionals around the world. BIOMET 3i is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with operations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information about BIOMET 3i, please visit www.biomet3i.com or contact the company at (800) 342-5454; outside the U.S. dial (561) 776-6700.
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