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DENTSPLY Enters Into Strategic Partnership With DIO Corporation

YORK, Pa., Dec. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DENTSPLY International Inc. (Nasdaq:XRAY) announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with DIO Corporation (KOSDAQ -- 039840), based in Busan, South Korea. DIO operations include a state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Busan, producing dental implant devices and associated accessories, which are marketed in numerous countries including many emerging markets. DENTSPLY's investment includes an initial ownership of less than 20% of the outstanding shares of DIO Corporation, with an additional investment in debentures, which may be converted into common shares after a one year period. Jin Cheol Kim and Jin Baek Kim, co-founders of DIO, will retain a significant ownership in the Company and remain active in the management and operations of the business.

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Align Technology Expands Clear Aligner Research Award Program

Investing Up to $50,000 for International and $100,000 for North America Scientific Research in Clear Aligner Orthodontic Therapy in 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALGN) today announced that it has expanded its funding of the Clear Aligner Research Award Program to include international research in order to further the development of clear aligners for the treatment of malocclusion, or misalignment of teeth worldwide. Launched initially in 2009 for North America, the Clear Aligner Research Award Program is an annually funded program designed to promote both clinical and scientific research in clear aligner therapy. For 2011, $50,000 is now being made available for scientific research funding to international applicants in addition to $100,000 currently available to North American applicants.

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Reserve February 23 For An Evening With Destiny

CHICAGO, IL – December 7, 2010 – Connect with your colleagues at the top social and philanthropic event in dentistry on Wednesday, February 23 at Chicago’s historic Field Museum.  Hosted by Oral Health America (OHA), the goal of the 21st annual gala is to raise funding for communities in need through a proven mix of superb fare, unbeatable networking and the chance to share Steven Spielberg’s delight in the neoclassical home turf of the intrepid archaeologist and adventure hero, Indiana Jones.

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AACD adds new eLearning benefits; partners with DentalXP

MADISON, Wis. (12/3/10)—All members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry now have full access to Dentalxp.com, an online dental education provider, included in their member benefits. This premium membership to DentalXP is valued at $350.

Dentalxp.com has 62,000 members worldwide with more than 1,000 videos of global opinion leaders from more than 150 countries. AACD members can now access videos, articles, presentations, forum discussions, treatment planning, live webinars, and continuing education courses.

“AACD is partnering with Dentalxp.com to fulfill its mission of offering its members superior educational opportunities,” said Ed Simeone, AACD CEO.

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