Biolase epicThe EPIC 10® diode soft-tissue laser platform from BIOLASE Inc, Irvine, Calif, recently won the gold medal for Dental Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies at the 15th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA).

Sponsored by the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI) and organized by UBM Canon, the MDEA Program recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the ground-breaking innovations that are changing the face of health care. Each year an evaluation of the entries is performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, clinical practice, diagnostics, human factors, industrial design, manufacturing, and medicine.

Federico Pignatelli, chairman and CEO of BIOLASE, said, “We are honored to receive this recognition for our EPIC 10 diode laser system from the best and brightest medical device designers in the world. This award is the direct result of the dedication and passion of our experienced engineers, designers, and product managers, and the desire they have to deliver ground-breaking surgical tools that provide better treatment solutions for dentists and their patients. The EPIC 10 platform is FDA-cleared in dentistry and 19 medical markets, and represents the next generation of our diode laser technology.”

BIOLASE’s diode lasers are currently used in dentistry for a wide variety of surgical soft-tissue procedures as an alternative to conventional devices, such as the high-speed drill, scalpel, or electrosurge. According to the company, the 940-nm laser wavelength of the EPIC 10 platform is better absorbed by hemoglobin (Hb) and oxyhemoglobin (HbO2) than other diode laser wavelengths, so it cuts efficiently at low power and with considerably less heat and discomfort, making it an excellent alternative to conventional surgical devices. BIOLASE’s EPIC 10 940-nm wavelength diode laser uses disposable tips to help reduce the risk of infection and cross contamination and is also FDA cleared for tooth whitening and temporary pain relief.

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