SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S./DARMSTADT, Germany: Global medical device company Align Technology has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the privately held exocad Global Holdings for approximately $418 million (€376 million). Exocad is an internationally successful company in the dental CAD/CAM software market, and, according to Align, will strengthen the Align digital platform, which delivers innovative tools and features for diagnostic, restorative, implant and orthodontic workflows.
DURHAM, N.C., U.S./BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: Cancers that occur in the back of the mouth or in the upper throat are difficult to spot and, as a result, are often diagnosed only when they are advanced. In an effort to improve early cancer detection, researchers have recently used acoustofluidics, a novel, noninvasive method that analyzes saliva for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-16, the pathogenic strain linked with oropharyngeal cancers (OPC). The technique proved to be successful in detecting OPC in whole saliva in almost half of the patients tested and in the majority of confirmed OPC patients.
INDIANAPOLIS, U.S.: With the goal of improving oral health for better overall physical and emotional health, Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD), both in Indianapolis, are joining together to create a novel dental informatics program. This new program is one of only a few in the U.S. and is perhaps the only dental informatics program in the country linked to a clinical data repository managed by a regional health information exchange.