Profile: BIOLASE Inc (BIOL.OQ)
18 Apr 2019
BIOLASE, Inc. (BIOLASE), incorporated on February 10, 1987, is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine. The Company markets, sells, and distributes dental imaging equipment, including cone beam digital x-rays and computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) intra-oral scanners, in-office, chair-side milling machines and three-dimensional (3-D) printers. The Company's dental laser systems allow dentists, periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons, and other dental specialists to perform a range of minimally invasive dental procedures, including cosmetic, restorative and complex surgical applications. Combining its laser system products with imaging solutions provides dental professionals capabilities for early diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment. It markets and sells its laser systems in Canada, the European Union and other countries outside the United States.
The Company offers two categories of laser system products: WaterLase (all-tissue) systems and Diode (soft tissue) systems. The Company's brand, WaterLase, uses a combination of water and laser energy to perform procedures performed using drills, scalpels, and other traditional dental instruments for cutting soft and hard tissue. It also offers its Diode laser systems to perform soft tissue, pain therapy, and cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening. The Company's Waterlase and Diode systems use disposable laser tips of differing sizes and shapes depending on the procedures being performed.
The Company's all-tissue WaterLase dental laser systems consist of the WaterLase iPlus 2.0, the WaterLase MD Turbo, and the WaterLase MDX 300 and 450. Each of these systems features its yttrium, scandium, gallium, and garnet (YSGG) Laser technology with a laser crystal, which contains the elements erbium and chromium doped with YSGG. This crystal laser produces energy with specific absorption and tissue interaction characteristics specifically designed for dental applications. It is minimally invasive and can precisely cut hard tissue, such as bone and teeth, and soft tissue, such as gums and skin, without the heat, vibration, bleeding or pressure associated with traditional dental treatments. By combining the YSGG laser light and water, its WaterLase systems eliminate the need for anesthesia. The WaterLase systems incorporate an ergonomic hand-piece and a digital interface with clinical applications to control the mix of laser energy, air and water, as well as the pulse rate.
The Company's Diode (soft tissue) laser systems consist of the EPIC X, EPIC 10 and iLase, semiconductor diode lasers that perform soft tissue, hygiene, cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening and temporary pain relief. Each of these laser systems features its approximately 940 nanometers (nm) diode wavelength to deliver clinical outcomes for common surgical procedures. EPIC X, EPIC 10 and iLase feature its pulse technology called ComfortPulse, which is designed for added patient comfort. iLase is a personal laser with no wires, footswitch or cables to manage. EPIC 10 is a portable diode laser that facilitates clinical versatility with surgical, pain therapy and whitening capabilities and provides a laser with a value proposition. Its EPIC X diode laser is an enhanced soft tissue laser system featuring upgrades and improvements from its EPIC 10.
The Company's imaging systems include extra-oral and intra-oral dental digital imaging devices. The Company's imaging systems include the CEFLA NewTom VGi and VG3, 3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomography devices. It also offers the 3Shape Trios CAD/CAM digital impression systems for offering high-speed digital 3-D picture taking, and the Galaxy BioMill CAD/CAM system, which enables dental practitioners to design, scan, mill and finish crowns, inlays and veneers inside the dental office during a single appointment.
IRVINE CA 92618-1816