Biolase, Aachen Center for Laser Dentistry form partnership

In efforts to promote laser dentistry worldwide through clinical laser education, training, and research, Biolase (Irvine, CA) has signed a long-term agreement with laser dentistry expert Norbert Gutknecht, DDS, Ph.D., and the Aachen Center for Laser Dentistry (AALZ; Aachen, Germany).

Under the agreement, Gutknecht will direct courses and oversee research that is critical for broader acceptance of laser dentistry, and has agreed to become a member of the company's Dental Advisory Board. Currently, he serves on the faculty of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the RWTH Aachen University School of Dentistry.

The AALZ and related World Academy for Laser Education in Dentistry Network (WALED) will expand the availability of postgraduate advanced wavelength clinical laser education to more than 40 countries while also making major steps toward standardizing laser dental education for all Biolase owners worldwide.

The AALZ will add 3,000 participants to the 10,000-plus members of the company's World Clinical Laser Institute, says Federico Pignatelli, Biolase chairman and CEO.

Besides clinical laser education, the AALZ is involved in performing many basic and advanced clinical research projects and in publishing clinical research articles in trade, scientific, and professional journals.

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