From left: Thomas Scherer, Teresa Dolan and Gerry Campbell

Dentsply Sirona has officially opened its new London Academy education centre, part of the firm’s stated aim to become the primary provider of dental education in the UK.

The new facility is situated at the firm’s offices in Weybridge, Surrey – close to the M25, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and 25 minutes from central London via train. Facilities include an eight-station clinical skills suite – included following feedback from the profession – alongside classrooms and a showroom demonstrating equipment from across the dentsply Sirona product portfolio, including treatment centres, handpieces, digital radiography, Cerec and digital laboratory equipment.

Speaking at the Academy’s opening event, Gerry Campbell, VP and general manager UK commented, ‘This new facility is part of Dentsply Sirona’s mission to empower dental professionals through offering innovative solutions and provide educational support.’ That support includes 700 courses to be held across the UK in the next 12 months, which will reach 10,000 dental professions (including online courses).

The official opening was performed by Gerry Campbell, along with Thomas Scherer, group VP sales, Europe and Canada, and Teresa Dolan, chief clinical officer.

Thomas Scherer hailed the London Academy as the ‘latest and greatest’ addition to Dentsply Sirona’s network of education centres, joining Verona and Bensheim in Germany as a key site.

The showroom also features a ‘tube map’ style representation of Dentsply Sirona’s product portfolio, with ‘lines’ for each type of treatment and stops along the way for each product used, to illustrate the breadth of the firm’s product offering. This is mirrored in a new app ‘Dentsply Sirona Solutions App’ available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.