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MicroDental Laboratories Receives Prestigious Patient Health and Safety Accreditation
March 29, 2013, San Francisco – MicroDental Laboratories, one of the leading dental laboratories in the world, is now a DAMAS accredited laboratory. DAMAS stands for Dental Appliance Manufacturing Audit System. DAMAS is designed to allow dental laboratories to demonstrate that they follow FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices, ensuring patient safety. Less than 1% of more than 7000 U.S. dental laboratories are DAMAS certified.
“MicroDental’s pledge of helping dentists deliver an exceptional treatment experience begins with a steadfast dedication to patient health and safety,” stated Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President of MicroDental. “MicroDental’s DAMAS accreditation underscores our commitment to helping dentists achieve their standard of care.”
“DAMAS is a high achievement for a dental laboratory. It is a voluntary process that requires a third party audit and yearly revalidation,” commented Laura Sheppard, CDT TE, Senior Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at MicroDental. The specifications for DAMAS are designed to insure we follow best practices such as verification of FDA accepted materials, lot tracking for traceability; adherence to strict quality control standards; manufacturing and equipment controls for product consistency.”
“The dental lab industry is very dynamic, featuring many new materials, new technologies and new production approaches such as offshore manufacturing,” noted Len Liptak, VP of Sales and Marketing for MicroDental. “Amidst these changes it is important for dentists to know where their products are being manufactured and be able to verify that their dental lab partners are mutually committed to their patient’s health and safety.”
MICRODENTAL LABORATORIES ANNOUNCES PLANNED OPENING OF LAB IN NORTH CAROLINA
Dublin, California, February 19, 2013—MicroDental Laboratories, one of the largest and most digitally advanced laboratories in North America today announced plans to open a laboratory serving the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.
In making the announcement, Kimberly Bradshaw, President and CEO of MicroDental stated, “Lee Culp, our Chief Technology Officer, Industry Luminary and world-class ceramist, is leading the project to open a fully digital lab before the end of the first quarter. We are excited to be entering this burgeoning market which is one of our growth strategies this year.”
The Company expects to immediately garner new business in the local area as well as be better positioned to serve certain existing clients who will appreciate having a local branch of MicroDental to help them.
Lee Culp stated that, “our customers will benefit not only from our local presence, but also from a full-line of products and services, most of which utilize digital technology thus improving both quality and consistency of product. This lab will be among the most technologically advanced in the world.”
MicroDental will be looking to hire a number of technicians in the Raleigh-Durham area in the near future and encourages anyone interested in learning more about these opportunities to visit the Careers page of MicroDental’s web site to submit an application.
While MicroDental has labs in other states, it has wanted to break into the South-Atlantic region for quite some time as it represents tremendous opportunity to serve a part of the country it previously has had little visibility to. Moreover, it will enable increased collaboration with its research partner, The University of North Carolina. Ms. Bradshaw concluded the announcement by stating: “We look forward to serving the Raleigh-Durham area and bringing to the region the outstanding quality, service and practice support that MicroDental has become famous for in other regions of North America.”
DTI | Dental Technologies Inc appoints Les Cross and Andras Hites to Board of Directors
Dublin, California, May 17, 2012—Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), one of the largest networks of dental laboratories in North America, today announced the appointment of Les Cross and Andras Hites to its Board of Directors.
Leslie (Les) Cross also currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Alphatec Spine, where he’s been on the Board since March 2011. Previously, Mr. Cross served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DJO Global, Inc., where he held several principal executive roles since 1995. From 1990 and 1994, Les held the position of Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development of the Bracing and Support Systems division of Smith & Nephew. He was Managing Director of two different divisions of Smith & Nephew from 1982 to 1990. Mr. Cross earned a diploma in medical technology from Sydney Technical College in Sydney, Australia and studied business at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.
Andras (Andy) Hites has over 40 years of experience in the dental lab industry and together with his brother George Hites, grew Microdental Laboratories from nearly $3 million in revenue to approximately $50 million in 2002. During his tenure with MicroDental, the Company designed a number of innovative restorative techniques and products that fostered a very loyal client base and helped Microdental grow to be one of the largest dental labs in North America. Andy has been a national speaker for Quest where he has shared his expertise on lab management and client relations, has produced nine educational videos for dentists and patients and has published several articles in business and dental journals.
“We are very excited to have two highly accomplished and very experienced executives join our Board,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of DTI. “Les brings a wealth of experience in growing companies in the medical device industries while Andy is intimately familiar with the dental lab industry, having created and grown one of the preeminent labs in the country. Both individuals will play a significant role in setting the strategic direction of DTI.”
In making the announcement, Les Cross stated, “I am extremely honored and excited to join the board of directors at Dental Technologies, Inc. DTI has distinguished itself by providing unparalleled customer service to their clientele through a personalized approach that benefits dental practices and their patients. I look forward to working with the team to develop strategies to achieve the next phase of growth for the Company.”
“Technology is revolutionizing this industry the way that it changed the auto industry and DTI is leading the charge,” said Andy Hites. “I have always believed technology would improve both the quality of products and service to the client and I am very excited to help the Company continue to differentiate itself as the technology leader.”
DTI | Dental Technologies Inc appoints Laura Sheppard, CDT Sr. Director of Regulatory and Compliance
Dublin, California, January 4, 2012—Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), one of the largest networks of dental laboratories in North America, today announced the appointment of Laura Sheppard, CDT to the position of Sr. Director of Regulatory and Compliance.
Prior to joining DTI, Mrs. Sheppard worked for Dental Services Group where she held a variety of senior management positions including Manager of Davis Dental Laboratory’s Orthodontic and Therapy departments, Director of Training & Education and most recently, Director of Quality and Compliance.
“We are very proud to have added someone with Laura’s experience to our Management Team,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of DTI. “With over 20 years of industry experience, she has a proven track record of designing and implementing successful quality control strategies that support clinicians’ goals and expectations.”
Laura is very active in the Dental Technology community currently serving as Chairman of NBC (National Board for Certification in Dental Technology) and is an NADL Trustee. Additionally, she’s well published having written numerous articles for JDT, IDT and LMT. In September of 2011, she was named as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report.
Mrs Sheppard added, “I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team at DTI. They have a long-standing reputation for high-end quality restorations, outstanding customer service and employee care.” As Sr. Director of Regulatory and Compliance, Laura will be will responsible for the Company’s Compliance and Quality programs as well as helping with several key strategic initiatives.