Last week on January 9, 2017, the University of Montpellier in Dardilly, France presented the Medal of Honor, the university’s highest recognition, to Dr. Dan Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc., who received the award on behalf of the company. A reception and celebration followed where Dr. Dan Fischer, Ultradent’s management team in France and SEMEA, and Dirk Jeffs, Ultradent’s president, celebrated with many of the university’s faculty members, guest lecturers, and students. The dean of the University of Montpellier, Philippe Gibert, called the award a “mark of gratitude for the involvement of Ultradent in the training of future dentists at Montpellier, and, overall, for their important contribution to the teaching of dentistry.”
Since 2009, Ultradent has been involved in the University of Montpellier’s dental program, helping provide practical training to students in tooth whitening, adhesions, veneers, and even management and leadership through product support, training, and lecturing. Additionally, Ultradent supported the creation of a post-graduate diploma by Dr. Bruno Pelessier in esthetic and restorative dentistry, which has become the most widely recognized and reputable professional diploma for working dentists in France. Ultradent has also helped the university develop a master class on posterior restorations that is not only available at the University of Montpellier’s main campus in France, but is also at outposts on the islands of Réunion, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.
Upon receiving the Medal of Honor, Dr. Dan Fischer said, “Receiving this award was very humbling and a sweet gesture by our colleagues at the University of Montpellier, including Dr. Bruno Pelessier. I was very honored to accept it on behalf of the entire company and everyone’s hard work and effort in partnership with the University of Montpellier.”