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Materialise acquires CSI

Materialise NV : 09 February, 2001  (Company News)
On September 11th 2001, Materialise has acquired all stocks of Columbia Scientific Inc. (CSI), the makers of Sim/Plant
Today, Materialise and CSI have two competing products on the market that perform dental implant planning: SurgiCase® and Sim/Plant®. 'The joining of our skills and forces will lead to a very advanced surgical simulation platform that will create many new opportunities for dental implantology,' says Wilfried Vancraen, Managing Director of Materialise.

The aim is to combine the strong market position of Sim/Plant® with the growth and R&D power of Materialise. This will result in more software releases and more products for dental implantology. A first result is immediately visible:
As of today, all Sim/Plant® users can order SurgiGuides. These are surgical drill guides that accurately transfer a Sim/Plant® or SurgiCase® plan to surgery.

The long-term purpose is to merge the associated products and activities, but there will be no immediate changes. The customers from both product lines, SurgiCase® and Sim/Plant®, will be further supported and will both have upgrade possibilities.

About surgical planning and surgical guides: Prior to dental implant surgery, a pre-operative plan needs to be created. High precision is obtained by using surgical implant planning software such as SurgiCase® or Sim/Plant®.
This software converts the CT scan data of the jaw into a dental reformatting and 3 dimensional images. For the surgeon, it is possible to travel virtually through the bone in search of the ideal and most secure location for the proposed implants.

This pre-operative plan serves as input for the manufacturing of SurgiGuides by Materialise.
A SurgiGuide is a customized drill guide that is manufactured for a specific patient. During the operation, the SurgiGuide will be placed on the jawbone. It will guide the surgeon's drill to the planned implant location and angle. The implants will be placed into the drilled holes.
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