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LightForce Orthodontics raises $50m in newest funding spherical


LightForce Orthodontics has raised $50 million in a Collection C funding spherical led by Kleiner Perkins.

It follows a Collection B spherical in September 2020 that was price $14m. Earlier traders, together with Matrix Companions, Tyche Companions and AM Ventures have all contributed to the most recent spherical of funding, which can be utilized by LightForce to coach orthodontists and scale its go-to-market efforts.

LightForce Orthodontics makes use of 3D printing expertise to supply a patient-specific various to conventional enamel braces. Its Mild Bracket providing is a line of translucent braces that mix in with the color of the affected person’s enamel, decreasing the visibility of the bracket.

With 3D printing, the corporate is ready to produce brackets that match the distinctive tooth morphology of every affected person, fine-tuning every tooth motion right down to a micron. This degree of personalisation and accuracy, LightForce says, helps to realize shorter remedy occasions, fewer appointments and higher outcomes in comparison with conventional braces.

In providing these capabilities, LightForce has posted a 500% development in income over the previous yr and has now attracted greater than $50m in funding.

“The funding from Kleiner Perkins permits us to proceed creating mass-customised braces that allow orthodontists to supply a personalised affected person expertise inside an business that has not developed using braces within the final 25 years,” commented LightForce CEO Dr Alfred Griffin III, DMD, PhD, MMSc. “In truth, with out LightForce, sufferers right this moment would probably be sporting the identical form of braces their mother and father did again after they had been youngsters. With these new funds, LightForce will additional champion the unmet wants of the trendy teen market by complimenting aligner circumstances and permitting orthodontists to take their practices totally digital, whereas capitalising on the development of 3D printing expertise, trendy supplies, and superior application-specific CAD software program. We’re excited to proceed implementing 3D printing expertise in orthodontics in new and progressive methods to create a brand new customary of take care of all braces sufferers.”

“LightForce’s progressive strategy to an business that has lacked technological disruptiveness for the previous 25 years is what initially attracted us to this funding alternative,” added Wen Hsieh, Associate, Kleiner Perkins. “Having beforehand invested within the first digital revolution of orthodontics many years in the past by Align Know-how, Kleiner Perkins is happy to spend money on the second-wave of orthodontics digitisation by LightForce. We’re excited to companion with Co-Founder-CEO Alfred Griffin and the LightForce workforce to leverage the most recent 3D printing expertise to additional improve the physician and affected person expertise with bracket-based orthodontics.”

LightForce Orthodontics will function on the upcoming TCT Convention @ Formnext. Director of {Hardware} Engineering Kelsey Fafara will ship a presentation titled ‘Mass customised 3D printed end-use merchandise for healthcare on Wednesday 17th at 11.15am. Tickets for the TCT Convention @ Formnext can be found now.

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