Industry News

Nobel Biocare Reorganizes Management Team

Nobel Biocare announced recently that it has reorganized its North American management team to better utilize the team’s skills and assets. Two key changes have been made that include (1) Melker Nilsson becoming senior vice president of sales for North America and (2) John Cox moving from sales to a newly formed role in charge of strategic initiatives for the company in the North American marketplace. According to Bill Ryan, president and general manager of Nobel Biocare North America, Mr. Melker is moving into a position that he has held in the past at Nobel and that will take full advantage of his strong operating management skills. Mr. Cox recently completed a 2-month executive management program at Harvard University School of Business and has returned to Nobel Biocare. According to Mr. Ryan, Mr. Cox’s new position will take advantage of his substantial strategic capabilities.

Glidewell Laboratories Announces New Chief Operations Officer

Glidewell Laboratories announced recently that it has promoted Greg Minzenmayer to chief operations officer. He will have the primary responsibility of overseeing Glide well’s daily operational activities, with a focus on systems improvement.
Mr. Minzenmayer had more than a decade of dental experience before joining Glidewell Laboratories in 2006 as director of implant business development. His knowledge of the dental implant business was formed when he was a sales representative with SteriOss/Nobel Biocare, where he also worked in product development and served as director of marketing. For more information, visit

Discus Dental Acquires ZAP Lasers

Discus Dental announced this past June 28 that it has acquired ZAP Lasers, based in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Building on a successful sales, marketing, and distribution relationship established in October 2009, Dis-cus will now integrate ZAP’s research and development and manufacturing functions into its Southern Califor-nia operations.
The acquisition will enable Discus to expand the distribution of its full line of soft-tissue diode lasers into key countries such as Korea and Taiwan and give the company direct leadership of ZAP’s research and development initiatives and cost-reduction programs.
The full line of Discus lasers includes the NV Microlaser, NV Ortho, SoftLase Pro, OrthoLase, and HygieneLase. All products will be manufactured and sold under the Discus Dental brand globally. For more information, visit


"The development of the ProDrive product is a step forward in the evolution of handpiece chucking systems."

Montreal, July 26, 2010 " ProDrive Systems today announced that they have been featured in Today's Medical Developments, a publication for the advancements in the medical and dental fields. With a focus on the increasing importance of precision and effectiveness of the dental handpiece, the article clearly explains the benefits of using the ProDrive System as well as the technology and company behind it.

When examining the air-driven handpiece ProDrive Systems founder, Dr Derek Turner, knew a few issues needed addressing. "It is very important that the bur runs smoothly and concentrically " dead straight " without any side-to-side vibration. So the entire turbine and bur needed improvements," Turner explains. "Now, if we focused just on the turbine and bur, it would mean that dentists could use their existing handpiece and not give up the familiar instrument, since all they would be replacing was the turbine " making this a really marketable upgrade from the 1950s technology still in use."

ProDrive System's high precision, locking turbine and bur design firmly grips the bur for superior overall performance. When engaged, the patented turbine and triangular bur system prevents slippage of the bur inside the turbine. The benefits to the practitioner include faster and smoother cutting as well as superior cut accuracy with reduced bur vibration and heat generated on the tooth.

ProDrive Systems has continually prided itself on aligning with some of the industry's leading development and manufacturing partners.  The article makes reference to one such partner, the Austrian based world-leading handpiece manufacturer, W&H. Peter Malata, president of W&H explains, "The development of the ProDrive product is a step forward in the evolution of handpiece chucking systems for the retention of dental friction grip burs. Combining a positive fixation with a friction grip gives the potential to sustain a higher torque; e.g. a high load can be created when the bur is stopped abruptly, when drilling into a cotton swab. W&H will incorporate the ProDrive system into its turbine range in the future, as we believe there will be a noticeable benefit."

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About ProDrive Systems

ProDrive Systems Inc. is revolutionizing high-speed handpieces with its triangular bur and engaged drive turbine system that improves the performance of dental handpieces and enhances practice efficiency. Visit <> for more information.

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