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ADA announces collaboration with Chicago-based tech, innovation hub

In an effort to help accelerate the development of new technologies that can improve oral health, the ADA announced Oct. 12 it is collaborating with MATTER, a Chicago-based health care technology incubator and industry hub.

"The ADA has always been committed to research and innovation that will advance the practice of dentistry and improve oral health across the board,” said Dr. Gary L. Roberts, ADA president.

According to MATTER’s website, it provides space, equipment, mentors, experts and an environment that encourages a fast-track development of technologies and ideas than can help solve health care challenges. It helps innovators and entrepreneurs from across the health care industry collaborate. Their goal: to further develop technology that can improve health care and provide solutions to industry challenges — in an accelerated fashion.

Through the collaboration, the ADA can observe and learn more about what health care-related startups and entrepreneurs are doing to make meaningful innovations. There are currently two dental-related startups at MATTER, including, an online marketplace for dental supplies.

“As we look toward the future, improvement in the delivery of dental care becomes more and more dependent on rapid innovation,” said Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, ADA president-elect. “We’re glad to be partnering with MATTER, whose membership is working to identify and support the growth of next-generation technologies.”

For more information on MATTER, visit