Martin Dürrstein

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Class of 2022, Germany
Martin Dürrstein, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DÜRR DENTAL SE

DÜRR DENTAL’s digitalization has shaped the future of dentistry.

For over three-quarters of a century, the DÜRR DENTAL family business has been synonymous with innovation in dental medicine. When Martin Dürrstein became CEO in 2008, representing the third generation, it was clear to him that investment in innovation would remain the heart of the company. “We are committed to sustainable long-term growth, not quick short-term wins,” he says.  

True to his word, Martin has quadrupled investments in research and development (R&D) during his time as CEO. Today, the largest element of DÜRR DENTAL R&D is in software, which enables the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for medical diagnoses. This focused investment has led to breakthrough digital solutions that have revolutionized modern dentistry. DÜRR DENTAL’s suction technology was the prerequisite for the technologies and procedures that allow dentists to treat patients lying down. Today, the company is the global leader in this area.   

In addition to his commitment to innovation, Martin prioritizes improving the world around him through a focus on sustainability. Most notably, DÜRR DENTAL’s high-end suction system, Tyscor, saves up to 50% of the energy used in traditional systems. These energy savings were certified by the Fraunhofer Institute, the leading organization for applied research in Europe.  

Always looking ahead, Martin is educating the next generation on digital dentistry solutions, sustainability and people care. The DÜRR DENTAL Academy offers around 140 seminars for dental staff, technicians, and students each year. He is also a supporter of Mercy Ships, which provides dental care to communities in West Africa. 

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