SOURCE: Discus Dental, LLC

Discus Dental, LLC

September 30, 2009 09:00 ET

Discus Dental Enters Into Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Zap Lasers

Discus to Aggressively Market and Sell Diode Lasers Globally

CULVER CITY, CA and PLEASANT HILL, CA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2009) - Today, Discus Dental®, LLC and Zap Lasers® LLC announced a strategic partnership whereby Discus Dental will have the exclusive right to market, sell and distribute Zap Lasers products in the global professional dental market. Beginning immediately Discus Dental will be selling the Styla™ Microlaser, StylaOrtho™, SoftLase Pro®, OrthoLase® and HygieneLase® products of diode lasers under the Discus Dental brand, in the U.S.

Discus will offer the Styla and StylaOrtho products for an MSRP of $8,995 to doctors in the US -- 20% less than its existing MSRP of $11,400. The SoftLase Pro, OrthoLase and HygieneLase products will be offered at $4,995 -- almost 30% less than the current Zap Laser MSRP. At this new low price, the SoftLase Pro line of lasers will come with standard proficiency training and a 3-year warranty. This will make the SoftLase Pro one of the most affordable diode laser products available, with a long track record of quality, service and reliability.

"We're extremely excited about this new partnership. We believe every dentist should have a laser in their practice. Zap Lasers has brought incredible laser products and innovations to dentistry. Our direct distribution model and marketing machine will enable us to price the products very attractively and really expand the market," said Steve Semmelmayer, CEO of Discus Dental.

The Styla Microlaser has received numerous awards for its innovative design and quality including Dental Products Report "2008 Product of Distinction," the "2009 Medical Design Excellence Award," Dentistry Today's Top 100 Products award for 2009 and a 4.8 rating from Dental Product Shopper, the highest rating in the laser category. SoftLase Pro has also earned a top rating from Dental Product Shopper of 4.7.

Discus Dental will take over distribution, sales and marketing rights for the Zap products in the field of professional dentistry worldwide, with the exception of two existing and retained Pacific Rim distribution channels. Initially Discus distribution will begin in the US. However, Discus will immediately work to gain regulatory approval to distribute the products in their international direct operations in Canada, Europe and Australia, as well as through the global channel of over 100 dealers.

"Discus is the ideal company to partner with us. The laser market is growing rapidly and Discus has the resources and expertise to grow the market share of the Styla and SoftLase Pro product lines quickly," said Rob Duysen, COO, Zap Lasers.

Through the agreement, Discus will contract with Zap Lasers to provide the advanced technical support and customer care that Zap Lasers customers have come to appreciate and value highly. Discus will offer customers expanded training and support via webinars, workshops and in-office training.

FAQs:

Did Discus and Zap Lasers merge?

No. Discus and Zap have entered into a distribution agreement.

Is there any difference between Zap Lasers and Discus Lasers?

No. Discus has branded the Zap family of lasers with the Discus logo.

Can anyone buy a laser?

Only licensed Dentists, Orthodontists and Hygienists may purchase a laser.

Are lasers safe to use?

Yes. When following directions for use properly. Lasers require that all persons near the laser when in operation wear safety glasses. Three pairs are shipped with each laser; one for the patient, one for the assistant and one for the doctor. Each laser also comes with a kill switch that immediately shuts the laser off if needed.

Is there training with the purchase of a Laser like there is with Zoom?

Yes. All Discus lasers come with training.

Are the training courses eligible for CE credit?

Yes. 8 credits will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

About Discus Dental, LLC: Discus Dental, a worldwide leader in professionally dispensed teeth whitening products, offers a broad array of progressive, quality dental products and equipment that span aesthetics, oral hygiene, endodontics, impression materials, and general operatory devices. Discus has and will continue to empower dental professionals worldwide with legendary creativity and support for which Discus has become well known. Discus is headquartered in Culver City, California. More information is available at www.discusdental.com.

About Zap Lasers LLC: Based in Pleasant Hill, Calif., Zap Lasers is a dental technology company that develops and manufactures lasers and laser accessories for improved applications and procedures in dentistry. Specializing in laser research and design, its line of industry-leading soft tissue lasers includes Styla MicroLaser™ and StylaOrtho™, the industry's first microlasers for soft tissue use; SoftLase Pro®, widely recognized as one of the best designed and most user-friendly desktop dental diode lasers on the market; and OrthoLase®, the industry's first diode laser specially designed for orthodontists. More information is available at www.zaplasers.com

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