Winners announced at New York Ceremony; Awards Celebrate 31 Years of Honoring Innovators and Innovation

 The Edison Awards, celebrating 31 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that Senior Mobile Dental was voted a Gold Winner for innovation at the April 11 event at The Capitale in New York City. Senior Mobile Dental joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2018 Edison Award winners.

Five dental innovators earned Edison Awards, among them: Senior Mobile Dental, The Periogen Company, Akervall Technologies Inc., Carestream Dental and St. Renatus, LLC.


Mike and Michelle Vacha of Colorado Springs accept a Gold Edison Award.

“We’re validating the importance of oral health. This is the first generation who had dental insurance their entire adult life. For them to enter nursing facilities and not continue this standard of care in disheartening. We are proud to continue their standard of care,”  Michelle Vacha, Senior Mobile Dental Founder and Executive Director told Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine at the event.

Incisal Edge, the nation’s premier dental lifestyle Screenshot 2018-04-13 15.52.24magazine was among sponsors of the Edison Awards event April 11 in New York City.

Annually, Incisal Edge profiles all dental nominees in advance of the award ceremony.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40” feature that highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces.


Incisal Edge Editor and Benco Dental VP Terry Barrett and Incisal Edge Art Director and Benco Dental Creative Services Director Loriah Webby congratulate Dr. Rajiv Saini on his Silver Edison Award for Periogen Oral Rinse in the Injury and Disease Prevention category.

Read more about the dental honorees


  • Dental Care for vulnerable seniors and adults by Senior Mobile DentalSMD has successfully been addressing the issues that were reported in the 2003 Surgeon General Report that oral health is a national epidemic among the poor & elderly. Our innovative concept breaks the barriers in providing dental care; we do not operate out of a motor home! Besides providing onsite care, we have built a TeleDentistry concept to connect dentists virtually. View Video


Periogen is  first world’s first calculus dissolution rinse. The powder when mixed with water can be swished in the mouth or applied via oral irrigator to remove sub-gingival calculus. The product is made from inexpensive food ingredients making it an effective, affordable preventative tool in public health. View Video


The National Science Foundation funded our research on smart mouth guard polymers that are non-compressible, force dissipating but still pliable and remoldable during fitting. SISU® is only 1.6mm thin, extremely comfortable enabling athletes to talk, breathe and drink without taking it out during games. Dental injuries are reduced to 1/25,000. View Video


The multifunctional CS 8100SC 3D extraoral imaging system provides oral health professionals with the different imaging modalities necessary to confidently diagnose and treat patients. The system combines panoramic and 3D imaging with the fastest scanning cephalometric module in one of the most compact imaging units available; making it an ideal solution for practices. View Video


  • Kovanaze® (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) Nasal Spray by St. Renatus, LLCKovanaze® (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) Nasal Spray is the first FDA-approved Nasal Spray indicated for regional anesthesia when performing a restorative procedure on teeth 4-13 and A-J in adults and children who weigh 40 kg or more. Visit for full prescribing and safety information.  View Video

“Our judges recognized them as a true innovators out of the many products in their categories,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives, including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

One of the evening’s many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to Marilyn Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation. The award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. The Edison Achievement Award serves as inspiration to future innovators and to the world at large.


The prestigious Edison Achievement Award was presented to Marilyn Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day “Meet the Innovators Forum” and the “Innovators’ Showcase,” which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products.


Marilyn Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation speaks at the “Meet the Innovators Forum”.

About the Edison Awards™

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation. For more information about the Edison Awards complete program and a list of past winners, visit