Zimmer ( ZMH) formed a partnership with the American Dental Education Association that aims to strengthen undergraduate and advanced dental education, including the teaching of implant dentistry.

"We are pleased to commit $500,000 to this partnership with ADEA over a six-year period," said Zimmer chief Ray Elliott. "In addition to support for several education programs, the partnership will involve the creation of the Zimmer Dental/ADEA Implant Education Teaching Award. This distinguished award, to be given biannually, will recognize educators and schools that develop new ideas and programs to advance education in dental implant therapy."

Zimmer Dental will be a major sponsor of ADEA's Advanced Dental Education Summit, which will provide a forum for dental educators to strengthen and expand programs, new technologies, and teaching innovations in advanced dental education programs. Zimmer Dental will also support ADEA with its domestic and international meetings and events in a collaborative effort to advance the knowledge of implant dentistry.

"This very generous commitment from Zimmer Dental will provide significant resources for ADEA as it continues its efforts to ensure the oral health of the public through the support of dental, advanced dental, and allied dental education," said Dr. Richard Valachovi, executive director of ADEA.

On Monday, Zimmer rose $1.15 to $66.80.