3M Donation Advances Digital Dentistry at U.S. Dental Schools

From Market Watch – the Wall Street Journal – August 1, 2011

Schools that meet established criteria to receive Lava Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. Systems

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — By the end of 2011, dental programs from selected schools across the nation will be able to offer hands-on training with some of the most advanced technology in the industry. 3M Community Giving, the charitable giving arm of 3M, announced that it will donate Lava(TM) Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. impression-taking systems as part of its goal to advance academic excellence in higher education. The donation includes support from 3M’s dental division, 3M ESPE,to successfully integrate the technology into dental schools. Dental schools selected will meet several criteria including number of students,proximity to 3M facilities and demonstrated capability to integrate digital dentistry into their curriculums.

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