HSDM Receives $250,000 Gift from Straumann USA, LLC

February 11, 2015 – Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) has received a $250,000 gift from Straumann USA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Straumann Holding AG, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the school announced Wednesday.   The donation is restricted and will support residents studying and conducting work within HSDM’s Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterial Sciences.  Straumann is one of HSDM’s major corporate donors and has provided an accumulated amount of over $1 million in gifts to the school.

The Straumann gift, in the form of endowed funds, may be used for direct and indirect expenses of advanced graduate education residents in dental medicine as well as provide research support, stated the school’s dean, R. Bruce Donoff.

“On behalf of HSDM, I want to express how deeply grateful we are to Straumann USA to be honored with this gift to further support our growing advanced graduate education program.  The Straumann gift represents a major step forward for more corporate and foundation support coming to HSDM,” stated Nancy L. Jones, Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations.

HSDM is in the midst of securing funding for its part in the One Harvard Capital Campaign which has a goal of $6.5 billion.  Some of HSDM’s main priorities include growing its endowment as well as securing more resources for student scholarships and global and community health.  HSDM is involved in a partnership to develop a dental curriculum for the newly established University of Rwanda School of Dentistry (Kigali, Rwanda).  The belief that good oral health leads to good overall health has been a core commitment of HSDM for many years.

“At Straumann, education is fundamental to the success of our clinicians and to the well-being of their patients”, said Arjan Haverhals, Straumann's Vice President of Customer Marketing and Education.  “It is our mission to be the benchmark in our industry for professional training and continuing development worldwide.  Through our support of schools and universities, we have the opportunity to contribute greatly to the advancement of research and education based on collaboration with a network of world renowned researchers, clinicians, academics and students - representing the future of dentistry.”

About HSDM

One of the premier schools of dental medicine in the world, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine educates clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the profession; boasts core strength in musculoskeletal-disease research; and offers students public health opportunities in local communities and across the globe. HSDM is the only school at Harvard that offers direct patient care, with the Harvard Dental Center welcoming more than 25,000 patients for over 57,000 dental visits every year. In a unique educational model, HSDM students study clinical medicine with Harvard medical students and then pursue additional years of intensive, interdisciplinary clinical science education at HSDM and affiliated sites. HSDM graduates make their marks in prevention, discovery, and practice as they work to improve the health and well-being of local and global populations.

About Straumann USA, LLC

Straumann® – a global leader in implant dentistry offering surgical, restorative, regenerative, and digital solutions for the dental and lab business – is a pioneer of innovative technologies. Straumann is committed to Simply Doing MoreSM for dental professionals and patients. With world-class customer service, highly skilled technical support, and a team of experienced professionals readily available to you, Straumann’s vision is to be the commercial provider of choice when it comes to tooth replacement solutions.  Straumann aims to achieve this through innovative products, solutions and commercial approaches and highly motivated, creative employees.