Biolase Announces FDA Clearance and Worldwide Launch for New Laser

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Biolase Announces FDA Clearance and Worldwide Launch for New Laser
Posted: February 10, 2017
Edited by Dentaltown staff

IRVINE, Calif.—Biolase recently announced that its new, fifth-generation Waterlase Express all-tissue laser system, having received 510(k) clearance for commercial distribution from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is available for immediate sale to dentists in the U.S. as well as select international markets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

Waterlase Express represents the newest addition to the company’s Waterlase portfolio of Er,Cr:YSGG all-tissue lasers. The product will first be exhibited at the upcoming Chicago Dental Society’s Mid-Winter meeting on Feb. 23–25, and then be unveiled internationally in Cologne, Germany at the International Dental Show (IDS).

With extensive qualitative and quantitative research from a team of dentists around the world guiding the design of the system, Waterlase Express represents the new foundation of the company’s strategy to expand all-tissue laser use in dentistry.

“We are excited to launch the Waterlase Express, our next-generation Waterlase system designed for easy and intuitive operation, integrated learning, and portability. We believe the Express user interface is to legacy laser user interfaces what the Apple iPhone was to the flip phone,” said Harold C. Flynn, Jr. president and CEO of Biolase. “Express will enable significantly higher penetration and adoption of all-tissue laser dentistry worldwide.  With all the value of Waterlase technology at nearly one-quarter the size, one-third the weight, and nearly half the U.S. retail price of our market-leading Waterlase iPlus system, we believe Express is the dental laser that is finally ready for the vast majority of dentists around the world, many of whom have waited to integrate our all-tissue laser solutions into their practices,"

“When we began this project, our goal was to create a new version of Waterlase that would be a much smaller, simpler, more reliable and cost-effective system, while still carrying all the benefits of powerful Waterlase laser technology.  We designed Express so that every dentist, whether completely new to lasers, or a pro, can easily learn Waterlase Express and start using it, with integrated support by Biolase and its network of educators and peer practitioners,” said Dmitri Boutoussov, PhD, Biolase chief technology officer.

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