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Professor P-I Brånemark to be inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

by: Michael Stuart

National Inventors Hall of Fame names the late Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark among the 2016 inductees for his pioneering work in osseointegration.

Professor Brånemark is recognized for his pioneering work that led to the discovery of osseointegration, as well as the subsequent benefit this has had on the lives of millions of patients around the world.

He features on the annual list of 16 new additions to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, which features a distinguished group of men and women whose technological innovations have made a significant impact on the world.

Existing inductees include the likes of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

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Science that extends beyond the laboratory

The latest class of inductees is a diverse group of groundbreaking scientists, past and present.  They will be formally inducted at a ceremony on May 5, 2016, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

The 16 inductees for 2016 named alongside P-I Brånemark include Harriet Williams Russell Strong, who received a patent in 1887 for a system of dams and reservoirs for flood containment and damage control and Roger Bacon, whose work with graphite led to the invention of high-performance carbon fibers.

For each inventor being recognized –some, like Prof. Brånemark, posthumously– the honor is recognition of scientific achievement that moved beyond the research lab and made a tangible impact on society.

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43rd National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Credit: National Inventors Hall of Fame

A positive impact on society

In the announcement of the nomination, the National Inventors Hall of Fame states that:

“Brånemark not only changed the field of implant technology, but his observation that the human body could tolerate titanium revolutionized the fields of dental, maxillofacial and orthopedic rehabilitation.

“Innovative bone-anchored restorative solutions have improved the quality of millions of people’s lives around the world thanks to Brånemark’s vision.”

This year we have been proud to mark 50 years since Per-Ingvar first treated a patient with a dental implant. As proud custodians of P-I’s legacy, we at Nobel Biocare know better than most the incredible impact that Professor Brånemark’s work had on quality of life. This reward is yet more deserved recognition for a life of incredible achievement.

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