3M Espe was recently named the most innovative dental company in the world for the eighth consecutive year, published in the 2012 Dental Industry Review conducted by The Anaheim Group.
The Most Innovative Award is based on three criteria: new product clearances for the US market; dental industry patents registered with the United States Patent Office; and dental patents from the European Patent Office and the World International Patent Office.
3M Espe was recognised for 63 innovations in total for 2012. Additionally, in an examination of the top 10 innovators since 2007, 3M Espe outranked the pack. The report cited 375 total innovations for the years 2007-2012, versus 217 for the second most innovative company.
The pace of innovation by 3M Espe is made possible by the constant collaboration and cross-pollination of technologies across the many business units and corporate laboratories of 3M. For example, one of the technologies used in Filtek composite dental restoratives is also used in LCD screens to make them brighter, and may be used in the future to improve products as diverse as carbon monoxide filters and fuel cells. 3M is able to foster uncommon connections like these.
'3M Espe is fortunate to be a part of a corporation whose culture is built upon sharing technology. We are honoured by this recognition and are committed to applying our technologies to solve real-world problems in dentistry,' said Mark Farmer, president of 3M Espe. 'We also look forward to bringing more innovations to dentistry in 2013 and the years after.'
The Dental Industry Review recognised 3M Espe for several new product introductions during 2012, citing the Scotchbond universal adhesive, Relyx Ultimate adhesive resin cement and the Astringent retraction paste, among others.