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ORTHOBRAIN® RECEIVES $9 MILLION IN LATEST FUNDRAISING ROUND

Investors back the company as it accelerates growth and continues technological advancements to improve education and care globally

Cleveland, OH – March 7, 2022 – orthobrain®, an Ohio-based, orthodontic growth system that helps dentists and dental service organizations integrate orthodontics into their practices, today announced that it has completed a $9 million in Series A funding with a group of investors, led by CareCapital, one of the largest investors in the dental care industry. Additional co-investors include JumpStart NEXT II Fund, JobsOhio, among others.

Capital from this financing will be used to accelerate the momentum orthobrain has brought to the dental industry, further advancing its mission to drive orthodontic growth and expand access to quality orthodontic care globally. orthobrain will scale clinical and education support services, innovate, invest in technological solutions, and expand its global footprint.

“orthobrain offers an invaluable service of clinical mentoring, treatment planning and on demand support to dentists providing pediatric dentistry, braces and aligner treatments. The services significantly boost dentist confidence, enhance patient experience and improve outcomes. This aligns with the mission of CareCapital Group, which is to strengthen the heritage, access and community of dentistry while supporting technology innovation. We look forward to working alongside them as they empower dentists and improve patient care,” says  A P A Bindusaran, Executive Director of CareCapital.

JumpStart’s Senior Investing Partner, Hardik Desai, adds, “orthobrain provides a revolutionary solution, empowering general dentists with the confidence and resources they need to build orthodontics into their practice. We are excited to partner with Dr. Dan German and his team as they navigate the company’s rapid growth.”

JumpStart also invested from its NEXT II Fund, a $50 million venture fund focused on early-stage technology startups in Ohio and the Midwest.

“orthobrain is a home-grown company that is driving innovation and job creation in Ohio,” said J.P. Nauseef, president and CEO of JobsOhio. “orthobrain’s continued advancement of digital technology and AI learning systems makes it an outstanding example of the kind of company that thrives in Ohio.”

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Dan German, orthobrain is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable by combining digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. With a focus on providing the highest level of care to patients, orthobrain delivers a total solution – from patient acquisition to treatment – to grow practice capabilities and clinical confidence.

“We are grateful for this group of premier investors to be supporting orthobrain’s next phase of growth. As patient demand for orthodontic treatment increases, we envision orthobrain becoming the go-to solution for delivering beautiful smiles worldwide,” says Dr. Dan German, Founder, CEO and Chief Orthodontist, orthobrain.

About orthobrain®

orthobrain®, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established to provide orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain® is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain® makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information. 

About CareCapital Group

CareCapital Group, founded in 2015, is an investment and operating group committed to building the dental and oral care industry for the digital age. CareCapital Group owns both majority and minority stakes in a variety of businesses that span the full dental industry value chain, from education and training at the very upstream, to aligners, implants, biologics, imaging equipment and intraoral scanner in the mid-upstream, to clinic management software and distribution in the midstream, and finally to dental hospitals and chain clinics in the downstream. The asset portfolio of CareCapital Group encompasses various leading players in the dental industry, and the geography of such portfolio spans across China, South Korea, United States and Europe. Visit carecapitalpartners.com for more information.

About JumpStart

JumpStart is a nationally recognized venture development firm providing early-stage capital and high-impact technical services to help entrepreneurs grow. With over $140M under management across four funds, it invests in technology startups throughout Ohio and the Midwest, assisting founders in turning innovative ideas into high-growth companies. To learn more, visit JumpStartinc.org/investing.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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ICYMI: Top three takeaways from the first of orthobrain’s new Empowerment Series

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During the past few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of women entering dentistry.  According to the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) analysis published last year, 34.5% of dentists in the US are female as of 2020, compared to just 24.1% in 2010.

Additionally, 50.6% of new dental grads are female as of 2019, compared to 46% in 2009.

The future is female, and it helps to hear from other strong female leaders in the dental industry about their tips for success.

In the first installment of orthobrain®’s new empowerment series, where we host authentic and informative conversations to empower doctors and dental professionals to excel in the industry, we talked to three seasoned female dental professionals:  Dr. Laura Lawrence, a general dentist practicing in Ohio, Dr. Carolyn Lubrano, a pediatric dentist practicing in Massachusetts, and Dr. Lauren Dull, a general dentist practicing in Ohio, about ways to stand out, grow your business, and excel as a female practitioner.

Here are their top three takeaways on dental practice growth and how to succeed in the industry.
1. Develop a Niche

As a new dentist, especially a new female dentist, it can be hard to establish yourself — particularly if you are joining a practice with more seasoned dentists. One way to stand out and get referrals from other dentists and patients is to find a niche. One way to do that: follow your curiosity.

Dr. Lawrence, for instance, was very interested in preventative dentistry: focusing on helping patients avoid cavities, not just treating them. She delved into research and became the go-to wellness expert on the subject of prevention in her office, which helped both her confidence and her dental practice grow.

Similarly, Dr. Lubrano, who holds a master’s degree in public health, became very interested in lip tie pediatric laser surgery when she saw how frustrated new mothers were getting, when their infants’ lip ties prevented them from being able to latch and breastfeed easily. Many other doctors and dentists were not addressing the issue at the time. So she sought out extra training in lip tie release and now the service makes up a significant part of her practice. Her advice to other young practitioners: “Don’t be afraid to go outside the line.”

2. Take advantage of the digital revolution in dentistry.

One way to see faster growth in your practice is to invest in tele-education and AI-powered imaging technology. “The new technology can make life easier and faster,” says Dr. Dull, who had access to top-tier imaging software when she was working with the Air Force.

Not only can new AI powered software help you make sense of data quickly and efficiently, it’s also less painful for your clients. Ever since Dr. Lawrence’ s practice invested in intraoral scanners, for instance, they’ve seen faster turnover times in chairs. And Dr. Lubrano started seeing less tears from her young patients when she started integrating intraoral scanners, as well. “My patients are more compliant. It’s just a wand that I’m putting over their teeth. Parents are wowed by it,” Dr. Lubrano says.

And taking advantage of teledentistry and tele-education is a great way to grow your practice, as well.  Services like orthobrain®, which use a groundbreaking technology platform to put a virtual orthodontist beside every dental chair, ensures that you never have to feel alone, while adapting new skills and growing your practice. As Dr. Dull says: In order to grow as a practitioner, you “need to be open to learning as much as you can.”

3. Find mentors in different places.

To work through issues and receive advice on advancement, nothing beats having a peer or advisor to turn to. Mentors can be found in all sorts of places. Dr. Dull, for instance, joined her local dental society in order to access a network of peers, while Dr. Lubrano counts her former high school music teacher as one of her strongest mentors. And Dr. Lawrence, for her part, says it was her college chemistry professor who offered her the most impactful lesson of her young adult life when she was deciding whether or not to take a non-dental related internship in Alaska. “She said if you are offered a golden egg, you should take it,” Dr. Lawrence recalls. Looking for that next golden egg has since become a mantra of Dr. Lawrence’s practice.

So how do you find a mentor? “Anyone can be one,” Dr. Lubrano says. You just need to know what sort of advice you’re looking for, and then reach out. The most successful dentists find mentors in all sorts of different places. “It’s just about taking advantage of the people around you and growing your network as much as you can,” explains Dr. Lubrano.

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ANDREW FLIGOR PROMOTED TO ORTHOBRAIN® SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY AND STRATEGIC OPERATIONS

Key position for technology and clinical operational advances to solidify future growth projections of the company

Cleveland, OH, February 2, 2022 – orthobrain® – an Ohio-based orthodontic growth company with a total solution that makes integrating orthodontics into dental practices easy and profitable, is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Fligor to Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategic Operations.

In his new role, Fligor will continue to be at the forefront of the company’s ground-breaking growth, leading an enhanced business unit composed of the internal technology, operations, and clinical teams.

Since joining the company, Andrew has played a central role in building an efficient digital infrastructure and strategy that drives business growth and improves customer experience within the dental industry.

“Technology is the primary driver in orthobrain’s transformative platform for dentists,” Fligor said. “I will be marrying the power of technology with operational efficiencies to ensure dentists are getting the most secure, premier and user-friendly service to grow their own practice.”

Fligor will continue to collaborate with industry leaders, leveraging technology solutions to meet strategic goals. From building out an IT support team to security optimization that provides confidence in dentists as they integrate orthodontics into their practice, Fligor will use his healthcare and technology experience to enhance company-wide performance.

“Andrew continues to take orthobrain® to the next level,” said Kimberly Harrington, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer. “He is a great asset to our team and partners. Andrew has great fluency in business, and I have great confidence in his ability to guide our teams to even greater success.”

With nearly 20 years’ experience, Fligor held positions including Senior Director, Product and IT Operations at ExactCare Pharmacy, and was the Senior Vice President, Head of Technology at Ritzman Pharmacies, Inc. where he drove business growth from five to 27 business units.

About orthobrain®

orthobrain®, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established with the goal of providing orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain®  is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain® makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information.             

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ORTHOBRAIN® NAMED STARTUP TO WATCH IN 2022

Cleveland Inno, a division of Cleveland Business Journal, lists orthobrain as one of 14 up-and-coming companies to 'keep an eye on'

Cleveland, OH, January 20, 2022 – orthobrain® – an Ohio-based orthodontic growth company with a total solution that makes integrating orthodontics into dental practices easy and profitable, has been identified as a Startup to Watch in Greater Cleveland. The list, identified by Cleveland Inno, features startups across a spectrum of industries, from fintech to baby tech and from medicine to education.

As one of 14 companies spotlighted, orthobrain® was seen as a start-up that has established solid traction with fresh capital raises, revenue growth or innovative solutions to novel problems.

“orthobrain® is grateful for this recognition,” said Kimberly Harrington, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. “It reinforces our dedication, expertise and unwavering commitment to excelling and transforming the dental industry.”

orthobrain® was created to fulfill an unmet demand for orthodontics and help dentists to easily integrate orthodontics into their practices. The company offers a proven growth system for dentists and DSOs that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists.

The orthobrain® team is helmed by seasoned veterans who understand the needs of the industry and have a clear roadmap to meeting the demand for orthodontics.

To learn more about orthobrain, visit orthobrain.com, and to read the full list of Startups to Watch in 2022, click here.

About orthobrain®

 

orthobrain®, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established with the goal of providing orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain®  is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain® makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information.           

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Three Things for Women Leaders to Keep in Mind

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By Kimberly Harrington
Published on November 7, 2021

As a woman entering the workforce for, perhaps, the first time, it’s likely you will be peppered with advice from everyone — your professors, your parents, the motivational speaker on Instagram. 

It can be hard to sift through these words of wisdom to determine what advice is truly worth taking.

Currently, I sit as the executive vice president, chief commercial officer of orthobrain®, a company dedicated to empowering dentists to provide orthodontic care and drive growth within their practices.

In my years working for global organizations to develop growth systems for orthodontic business solutions, I’ve learned what really works — not only from a business profitability standpoint, but also culture and people development. I make it a point to pass along these pearls to my lead team and to the women I mentor.

 Here are the three things I always keep in mind.

1. The company you keep is key.

One of the most important things to consider when looking into potential employers is whether their values match yours. If you want to grow in your career, you need to join an organization that will allow (and encourage) you to flourish.

When people who are invested in you, and are willing to give you the time, space and feedback to advance, the result can be powerful for both career advancement and ensuring you feel valued in your role.

Since joining orthobrain®, I’ve built a core leadership team, and they in turn have built their own teams. Our employees thrive, in part, because they know I trust and support them. And we all benefit, because they feel empowered to bring forth new ideas. 

Building a positive culture and environment where every employee feels like they are a part of something great is the core of our business.

 

You don’t need a megaphone to have your voice heard, but as a female executive, I do encourage you to find your voice and use it often.

Kimberly Harrington,
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
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2. Network, network, network

It’s crucial. Networking increases your visibility with other leaders and gives you insights into industry trends. Look for forums that foster that connection. 

 

For me, specifically, I’m a member of Women in DSO, as well as Chief, a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting female executive leaders. At Chief, I get the chance to network with female executives from a multitude of different industries, which is important.
 
 Sometimes we tend to only look to people in our own field for advice. But you can gain invaluable tips on universal things — like marketing and effective communication — from executives in other industries.

 

3. Speak up, in creative ways.

 

You don’t need a megaphone to have your voice heard, but as a female executive, I do encourage you to find your voice and use it often.

 

It’s not always the loudest voice that is remembered. Sometimes, the best way to make a point is to find effective, creative ways to communicate your message. Part of my routine, for instance, is sending out a team video message every Friday where I recap the week, share key company updates, and recognize teams and individuals for their successes.

 

If you don’t speak up, bosses may not have visibility on your accomplishments or points of view. I am consistently encouraging colleagues to share with me — shoot me an email or leave a voicemail with news that deserves attention.

 

When someone in the company does something great — secures a new client, has a fruitful conversation — it helps raise morale across the company. Your wins are wins for the whole company.

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