A panel of nine thought leaders and educators will seek and conduct research on “practice-changing” dental hygiene technologies.

Cellerant Consulting Group, a dental incubator and accelerator currently servicing 42 dental companies, recently created the 2021 inaugural “Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Award Program.” The company provides strategic dental market insights, clinical expertise, implementation resources, and support to accelerate growth for client dental companies.

“Since 2009, the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards have identified and acknowledged the top technologies in the dental profession,” said Melissa Turner, chief hygiene officer at Cellerant. “We will now expand the program to focus on the dental hygiene community as well.”

The award selection panel will consist of nine “thought leaders and educators” who, over the course of each year, will seek out and conduct research on potentially practice-changing technologies, with deliberations on nominees and final voting taking place in February. Panelists are precluded from voting in any category where they have consulting relationships. According to Cellerant, the entire selection process is conducted and managed on a not-for-profit basis. This year’s winners will be announced in December 2021.

“We recognize the importance of this critical and respected community,” said Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, president and chief executive officer of Cellerant and founder of the Best of Class Technology Awards. “Since first adding a hygiene division to Cellerant Consulting 2 years ago, the interest in dental hygiene products, services and brands has exploded, with much growth anticipated in the future. We’re proud to have brought together an expert selection panel of dental hygienists recognized as industry leaders from across the country.”