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2017 Edison Awards recognises inventive products from 3M Oral Care

In 1902, Thomas Edison was still an avid inventor. His ingenuity and scientific pursuits resulted in technologies that would impact the everyday living for millions of people. Also in 1902 was the inception of 3M™, which ever since has applied science to life with Edison's same determination as a way to improve the daily lives of its consumers. 3M recently announced that two of its most innovative and advanced technologies have been selected to receive a 2017 Edison Award - a global recognition honouring innovators that create a positive impact in the world. The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 from 3M Food Safety received a Gold and the 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner from 3M Oral Care received a Bronze Edison Award in the Diagnostic Tools category.

Category finalists were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine. Winners were chosen for their excellence in concept, value, delivery and impact.

Bronze award-winning 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner

The 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner from 3M Oral Care is a one-of-a-kind tablet-based intraoral scanner. The ergonomic, handheld technology is similar to tablets patients and clinicians use in everyday life and gives clinicians the freedom to move within their facilities while carrying the scanner with them. It offers more space for the clinician and assistant to manoeuvre. Also, the device can be placed directly into the hands or lap of a patient for informed discussion and patient communication, providing cutting-edge visualisation of the patient's oral anatomy for a better understanding of treatment.

"It is an honour to receive an Edison Award for our innovative approach to oral care and commitment to bringing digital advancement to the industry," said James Ingebrand, president and general manager for 3M Oral Care. "Positively impacting both the ability of clinicians to provide quality treatment and the oral health of patients is what is most important to the work we are doing at 3M and we appreciate being recognised for that commitment to the oral care industry."

About the Edison Awards

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Edison Awards have been recognising and honouring the best innovations and innovators since 1987.

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