Nobel Biocare establishes Preferred Partner Program with Ivoclar Vivadent

March 21, 2012

Zurich, Switzerland – Nobel Biocare announced today that it has signed a preferred partnership agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent as part of a newly established Preferred Partner Program. The collaboration with Ivoclar Vivadent will offer Nobel Biocare additional access to high-performance ceramic and acrylic prosthetic materials, thereby enabling Nobel Biocare to expand its leading restorative and prosthetic portfolio through new products, solutions and materials.

Zurich, Switzerland – Nobel Biocare announced today that it has signed a preferred partnership agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent as part of a newly established Preferred Partner Program. The collaboration with Ivoclar Vivadent will offer Nobel Biocare additional access to high-performance ceramic and acrylic prosthetic materials, thereby enabling Nobel Biocare to expand its leading restorative and prosthetic portfolio through new products, solutions and materials. This partnership also includes the development of new materials, joint educational and training programs and commercial activities.

Preferred Partner Program with leading dental material providers

Nobel Biocare has initiated a Preferred Partner Program with selected dental material providers with the goal of further strengthening NobelProcera’s leading market position in CAD/CAM-based dentistry. The resulting collaborations will afford Nobel Biocare access to a wider range of state-of-the art and high-performance dental materials, and thus enable it to offer customers an even broader portfolio of restorative and prosthetic solutions. Nobel Biocare’s extended offer will include new products, better veneering solutions, cost-effective treatment options, and complete solutions for edentulous indications.

First partnership agreement signed with Ivoclar Vivadent

The partnership agreement signed with Ivoclar Vivadent, a worldwide market leader in restorative and prosthetic materials for dentists and dental technicians, will provide Nobel Biocare access to high-performance ceramic and acrylic materials. Nobel Biocare will consequently further expand its comprehensive portfolio of prosthetic solutions that offer outstanding esthetics, strength and fit for every indication and restorative need. Under the terms of the agreement, the partnership with Ivoclar Vivadent also involves joint research and development programs, the sharing of clinical research and studies, educational and training programs for dental laboratories and clinicians as well as joint commercial activities. The agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent will complement Nobel Biocare’s recent launch of a new scanner, software, broad range of new prosthetic products and material, and strengthen the company’s position as the industry’s leading full-solution provider and partner of choice in dentistry.

Domenico Scala, CEO Nobel Biocare, said, “This partnership with the world-leading dental materials provider, Ivoclar Vivadent, marks another step in our strategy to strengthen NobelProcera’s position as a key offer in CAD/CAM dentistry. This cooperation, which also encompasses research, development and education, ensures optimal product fit between the two providers, leading to better clinical results for dental professionals and their patients.”

Robert Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent, added, “As a leading materials company we see a partnership with Nobel Biocare as an ideal combination of premium skills – milling systems and materials. NobelProcera is a leader and pioneer in CAD/CAM dentistry while Ivoclar Vivadent is a market-leading materials company with innovative ceramics, such as IPS e.max CAD, and a unique acrylic provisional material system that is due to be launched in 2010.”

Areas of partnership with Ivoclar Vivadent

The partnership agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent covers the following areas:

  • IPS e.max ceramics for full-contour crowns

Ivoclar Vivadent will provide Nobel Biocare with IPS e.max CAD lithium disilicate ceramics for the production of full contour crowns. IPS e.max lithium disilicate ceramics material offers premium material strength, excellent translucency for high esthetics and long-term durability. IPS e.max ceramics can be used for final restorations on natural teeth and implants. Nobel Biocare will start to launch its new range of IPS e.max products as of mid-2010. The IPS e.max products will be milled in Nobel Biocare’s state-of-the-art industrial milling centers, ensuring optimal product quality.

  • High-performance acrylics for an expanded range of temporary prosthetic solutions

Ivoclar Vivadent will provide Nobel Biocare with newly developed acrylic material for temporary crowns and bridges. Together with NobelProcera’s state-of-the-art CAD design and unique CAM manufacturing process, Ivoclar Vivadent’s acrylics material will represent a durable prosthetic solution with excellent surface finish and fit. The new temporary solution will be introduced to the market as of March/April 2010.

  • Veneering solutions

Ivoclar Vivadent offers a broad choice of veneering solutions. Both parties have joined forces to develop a unique certification process that ensures the highest standards for final restorations based on their combined product offerings. NobelProcera customers will benefit from veneering solutions and procedures fully compatible with NobelProcera products and materials.

  • Commercial, training, and research partnership

According to the partnership agreement, the prosthetic collaboration includes the development of new materials, as well as training, educational and commercial activities. Nobel Biocare will promote Ivoclar Vivadent’s veneering material while the new Nobel Biocare CAD software will grant NobelProcera customers access to Ivoclar Vivadent’s tooth library. Both parties will combine their leading training and education competencies to offer customized training programs for acrylic solutions, IPS e.max solutions, veneering, denture prosthetics, and treatment planning, preparation and placement techniques.