ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan


Oral Health Researcher Wins PM's Innovation Prize

Oral Health Researcher Wins PM's Innovation Prize

19th Oct 17

Summary —

Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO from the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre has won this year's Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation for his work in discovering a protein that repairs and strengthens teeth, something now widely used in consumer and healthcare products.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), has congratulated Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO for winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.

Prof. Reynolds won the award based upon his research which discovered a protein in dairy milk that repairs and strengthens teeth. Today, that protein, sold as Recaldent, is used by millions of people every day as they chew gum and visit the dentist. For inventing and commercialising Recaldent, Professor Eric Reynolds receives the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.

ADIA is an active champion for those Australians who undertake research, development and commercialisation of dental and oral health products.  This is a major focus of ADIA's work and Prof. Reynolds' prize showcases what Australian’s can accomplish.

A priority for ADIA is to support those businesses that empower healthcare professionals to advance the oral health of all Australians as a result of developing pioneering diagnostic and treatment options. Prof. Renyolds research has shown exactly how that can be achieved and he is also tackling another major oral health challenge – gum disease or peridontitis.

“Most of us will get a bit of mild gum disease or peridontitis from time to time when ‘bad’ bacteria in our mouths get out of balance with ‘good’ bacteria. Bacteria get between our gums and our teeth and an inflammation kicks off. If we’re unlucky then the peridontitis bacterium moves in, leading to bone loss and ultimately our teeth fall out. Peridontitis is also implicated in other issues from rheumatoid arthritis to oral cancer,” Prof. Reynolds said.

Businesses involved in dental product research, development and commercialisiation are encouraged to be part of the ADIA-MIG Manufacturers Interest Group, a forum that brings together businesses to develop collaborative networks to further their manufacturing and export goals.

Member engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results.  Businesses with an interest in the research, development, commercialisation, manufacture and export of dental products convene under the umbrella of the ADIA-MIG Manufacturers Interest Group.

Currency & Disclaimer —

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