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BIOLASE names new president and CEO

October 20, 2014 BIOLASE Inc. announced that Jeffrey M. Nugent is its new president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Nugent had served as acting chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors since June. Nugent has a broad background in the medical device, medical laser technology and dental industries. Most recently, in 2010, he was founder, president and chief executive officer of Precision Dermatology Inc, a privately held dermatology therapeutics company that was recently acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.

Previously, Nugent was chairman and chief executive officer of Ascension Orthopedics, a maker of joint replacement implants; president and chief executive officer of Revlon Inc.; and worldwide president and chief executive officer of Neutrogena Corporation. He also spent more than 20 years in leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson in research and development, marketing and general management, and was responsible for that company's dental business.

BIOLASE manufactures and distributes dental lasers.