Industry News

Oct. 1, 2008
The National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) announced the election of a new slate of officers and welcomed three new board members at its annual meeting in August.

NCOF elects new board members

The National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) announced the election of a new slate of officers and welcomed three new board members at its annual meeting in August.

The new slate of officers includes:

  • Chairman: Dan Even, president of Sybron Dental Specialties
  • First vice president: Scott Anderson, president of Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.
  • Second Vice President: Tom Engels, retired V.P. and general manager of 3M ESPE
  • Treasurer: Christopher Clark, executive vice president and COO of Dentsply
  • Secretary: P. Christopher Holden, president of Heraeus
  • President: Fern Ingber, CEO of NCOHF

New board members elected for a three-year term

  • Dr. Ronald Goldstein, founder, Goldstein, Garber & Salama, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Stephen J. Moss, Health Education Enterprises, New York, NY
  • Nicholas L. Teti, Jr., CEO, Den-Mat, Santa Maria, CA

•Schein hosts Back-to-School program — Henry Schein's annual Back-to-School program furnished more than 1,50 children with complete new outfits for their first day of school, including sneakers, socks, undergarments, shirts, and pants or skirt. The children also received backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene products, and reading books. Henry Schein hosted the first Back-to-School program in 1998. Since that time, more than 9,00 children have participated in the program.

•Patterson grant expands OHA program — The Patterson Foundation awarded a grant of $75,00 in August to Oral Health America in support of its expanding Smiles Across America program, which provides technical assistance and resources to improve the oral health uninsured children who do not have routine dental care. The program supports services to over 90,00 children annually. Smiles Across America currently reaches eight regions of the country: Maine, New York City, Philadelphia, West Virginia, Chicago, Minnesota, Las Vegas, and Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties (CA). The Smiles Across America Product Donation Program has provided 723,79 dental sealants for 192,67 children nationwide since 1997.

•Oral Health America names new CEO — Oral Health America's board of directors announced on Sept. 1 the appointment of Beth Truett as president and chief executive officer of the organization. Truett was previously the executive director of Chicago Lights, a community services organization that serves thousands of Chicagoans who face the challenges of aging, poverty, and healthcare.

•OralDNA acquires licenses for tests — Interleukin Genetics, Inc., and OralDNA Labs, Inc., announced in August a distribution agreement for Interleukin Genetics' proprietary PST® Genetic Test. The PST Genetic Test provides a means of assessing an individual's genetic risk for periodontal disease. Under the agreement, OralDNA will receive a non-exclusive license from Interleukin Genetics to market, sell, and distribute PST Genetic Test to dental practices within the United States.

•GC America appoints new president — GC America Inc. announced in August that it has appointed David Allen as the company's president and chief operating officer. Allen most recently was a corporate director for Carestream Health. Allen succeeds Tadahiko Kumaki, who will remain Director of GC America when he returns to Japan in October.