As the CEO of Osteon Medical, Michael Tuckman leads an innovative digital company that runs a state-of-the-art facility. Here, clinicians and laboratories can send cases that require digital production of implant prosthetic products. While there are similar facilities in Europe, Osteon Medical is the first commercial advanced implant production facility in Australia that uses only industrial graded machinery for their production.
The innovative facility uses advanced digital design and manufacturing techniques to precision-mill high-quality and safe implant prosthetics and solutions for use in implant dentistry and maxillofacial surgery.
“We thought it would be great to develop our products in Australia partnering with Australian universities to help commercialise them,” says Tuckman. “We’ve refined our products so much that now it can be a completely digital process end to end. For example, we’re able to access an intra-oral digital file and produce an entire Nexus Plus digital hybrid incorporating teeth, gingival and titanium substructure all seamlessly integrated into a one-piece device.”
The company has gone from success to success, now exporting many of its products into Asia. Recently the ADIA awarded Osteon its New Exporter’s Grant. This will enable them to exhibit their products at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany in March 2019. With over 150,000 potential customers attending the IDS, it’s an opportunity for Australian-made solutions to expand into international markets.
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