Ivoclar Vivadent acquires Zurich start-up

Schaan FL/ Zurich - The Liechtenstein dental company Ivoclar Vivadent has acquired the Zurich-based start-up Kapnau AG. The two companies will work together on developing innovative dental applications, with a particular focus on the use of augmented reality.

Ivoclar Vivadent announced that it has acquired a spin-off of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Founded in 2015, Kapnau AG specialises in producing leading-edge software for the dental industry. 

The two companies will merge their expertise and work together to develop innovative dental applications that connect real-life processes with the digital world. Particular focus will be placed on determining how the use of augmented reality can facilitate dental diagnostics, case analysis and treatment therapies.

Augmented reality is a technology that expands a user’s view of the real world by means of computer-generated images or other sensory input. Kapnua’s technology allows patients to see they would look like with a new set of teeth or other dental implant using a smartphone or tablet. This also facilitates the work of dentists and technicians in obtaining an accurate 3D model of a patient’s face.

The Zurich-based start-up’s Augmented Reality Engine is currently in the development stage, but it has already been presented at several events, including the International Dental Show (IDS), according to Kapnau's website.

Ivoclar Vivadent offers dentists and dental technicians a comprehensive portfolio of products and systems. It operates one of the largest R&D centres for the dental industries, and collaborates with renowned institutes and universities. 

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