Name: Ganley, Christensen Named Among Most Influential People In Dentistry

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Robert Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent AG, has been named among dental technology’s 10 most influential people.

US-based Aegis Communications, publisher of Inside Dental Technology publication, announced the findings of the readership nomination poll in a recent issue of the publication.

Mr Ganley was nominated for being a visionary who truly transformed the dental technology landscape by innovating disruptive processes, technologies and products that altered the profession, readers said.

Mr Ganley’s leadership and passion for innovation has led to the development of premier all-ceramic restorative materials, including IPS e.max, as well as comprehensive digital solutions and processes for dental laboratories and practices to provide quality, esthetic dentistry.

Under Mr Ganley’s direction, Ivoclar Vivadent has grown significantly, and the company’s products continuing to enable greater predictability, enhanced esthetics and longer-lasting restorations.

Mr Ganley earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in business administration. He joined Ivoclar Vivadent in 1980. In 2003, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ivoclar Vivadent AG in Schaan, Liechtenstein. In this position he is responsible for the worldwide business of Ivoclar Vivadent.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized among such industry innovators who seek to help those in our profession be successful and make smart, informed decisions,” says Mr Ganley. “I look forward to the years ahead as the dental technology industry continues to grow, with Passion, Vision and Innovation as our collective guide.”

Transforming dental technology landscape
As 3Shape CTO, Mr Tais Clausen plays an essential role in developing the company’s groundbreaking scanning technology and software applications. He is a driving force, serving as both its strategic product development leader as well as a hands-on engineer.


Recent disruptive 3Shape product launches such as the D2000 lab scanner that scans two dental models simultaneously, and the TRIOS intraoral scanner are considered category leaders by the dental industry.

The D2000 lab scanner recently won a Red Dot Design Award. The TRIOS has been named the industry’s number one intraoral scanner by the Cellerant Best of Class awards.

As a thought-leader, Mr Clausen regularly contributes articles to IDT and other magazines. He writes on the state of the industry as well as its future direction.

“It’s a terrific honor to be acknowledged by IDT and fellow industry professionals. Recognition as a visionary is really a credit to being fortunate enough to work alongside experts like our 3Shape Advisory Board and colleagues who help to make 3Shape’s vision of the future a reality.

“While we always seek to push the envelope, in terms of creating new and exciting digital dentistry solutions, working together with industry leaders assures us that as a company, we remain focused on delivering products that provide the best patient treatment possible and that make everyone’s job simpler and more effective,” says Mr Clausen.

The Top 10 influencers:

* Dr Gordon Christensen, CEO of Clinicians Report

* Robert Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent

* Dr John Kois, Founder and Director of the Kois Center

* Bennett Napier, Executive Director of the NADL

* Willi Geller, Founder of Oral Design International Foundation

* Peter Pizzi, Owner of Pizzi Dental Studio

* Tais Clausen, Co-founder and CTO of 3Shape

* Lee Culp, CEO of Sculpture Studios

* Sasha Der Avanessian, CEO of Harvest Dental Products

* Dr Ed McLaren, Director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry

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