US dental software firm invests in Scotland

Chairside AI pioneer opens Glasgow technology development centre

14 July, 2023 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

An American dental software company is investing more than £10m in a new centre in Glasgow, creating 75 jobs.

Planet DDS said it had chosen to base its technology development and support centre in the city in part because of local technical expertise.

The company provides dental software for more than 10,000 practices in North America. Its applications are designed to enable dental practices to “transition to a completely digital approach”.

The high-tech jobs are expected to be phased in over the next few years, with nine new staff already recruited for the company’s software engineering team. Scottish Enterprise provided a grant of £985,000 as a contribution towards the company’s £10.4m investment in its Scottish operations.

Angelina Henricks, chief technology officer at Planet DDS, said: “I am thrilled to be here in Glasgow to open our new technology centre and formally welcome our new local team members.

“We chose Glasgow based on the technical expertise of the people as well as the passion for innovation we see in the community. We are excited about expanding our Glasgow team in support of our company’s growth objectives and starting to contribute to the local technology community.”

Scottish Enterprise managing director of international operations, Reuben Aitken, said: “Planet DDS opening its technology development centre in Scotland is testament to the vibrant business environment and tech talent we offer inward investors. The company had a choice of three global locations, with Scotland winning due to our skilled workforce, world-class universities and stimulating innovation districts.”

Earlier this year, Planet DDS announced the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) within its Apteryx XVWeb cloud imaging solution. It was made possible through its partnership with Overjet, the leading dental AI solution provider, bringing AI-analysed images chairside for dental practices.

One practice owner said: “The AI capability is a game changer. We use it to show cavities and bone loss as we walk our patients through. Patients love it because it’s an objective look at their X-rays, so it’s increasing case acceptance. It also helps practitioners diagnose consistently.”

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