Who We Are
SmileSonica Inc. is a Canadian company founded on the principle of making ideas and concepts widely available to benefit the world. As our company evolved, we applied our knowledge, experience, and commitment to pursue the unknown, meet new challenges, and be our best as a team.
The SmileSonica team designs, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medical devices, advanced materials, and instrumentation for both medical and non-medical applications in Canada and throughout the world.
The growing gap between orthodontic patients’ expectations and status-quo solutions led us to develop the Aevo System™, a patented therapeutic ultrasound medical device for in-vivo stimulation of dental tissue. SmileSonica Inc. is ISO 13485:2003 certified to design, manufacture, and distribute ultrasound therapy devices and accessories for use in dentistry.
The Aevo System™
Our flagship product is the Aevo System™ medical device. Approved for sale in Canada, Europe and Australia, the Aevo System™ enhances the physiological processes associated with orthodontic treatment. Regular use of the system during orthodontic treatment will facilitate faster tooth movement and decrease orthodontically induced tooth root resorption.
We currently have other products in the commercialization pipeline. Further information about these technological developments will be released as it becomes available.
- Multiple product development grants (Recipient)
- 2009 VenturePrize Business Plan Competition (Finalist)
- 2010 Alberta Venture “Emerging Leader in Alberta’s Business Community” (Named)
- 2011 BioAlberta IBO marketing grant (Recipient)
- 2012 nanoAlberta Promotional Company Video Award (Recipient)
- 2013 University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering Graduate View Book (Featured)
- 2014 National Angel Capital Organization Summit (Invitee)
SmileSonica Inc. is a technology company focused on the research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of medical devices for dental and health care applications. We also produce advanced materials and instrumentation for medical and non-medical applications. Our offices and manufacturing facility are located in Edmonton, Canada.
From 2006 to 2008, company founder Cristian Scurtescu was closely involved in the development of an ultrasonic dental technology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada. His passion to commercialize the technology and place it in the hands of dentists and patients led him to launch SmileSonica Inc. in 2008. Scurtescu resigned his position as a university R&D engineer, obtained the exclusive license to the ultrasonic dental technology, and devoted himself full-time to SmileSonica Inc.
Since 2008, Scurtescu has built and led an entrepreneurial team of engineers, scientists, and business people. This team has advanced the ultrasonic dental product from the concept stage to a commercially viable product, the Aevo System™. The product is manufactured in Canada and approved for sale in Europe and Australia. We are looking to expand the availability of the Aevo System™ and plan to obtain regulatory approval in more countries.
In addition, since SmileSonica Inc. began in 2008, we have gained broad technical knowledge, a professional network, and supply chain experience in the medical, non-medical, advanced materials, and instrumentation fields. This knowledge is currently being translated into new products and services, which are currently at various stages of development and validation.
Cristian Scurtescu, MSc, PEng | Founder/President and CEO
Cristian Scurtescu has over 10 years’ experience developing therapeutic ultrasound devices and microelectronic products. He has been closely involved in ultrasonic dental technology development at the University of Alberta, liaising between the orthodontic and electrical engineering teams on the technology’s design, testing, and biological validation. Cristian’s passion to commercialize and distribute this technology to orthodontists and patients led him to launch SmileSonica in 2008.
Darryl Lesiuk, MBA | VP Corporate Development
Darryl Lesiuk has over 20 years’ experience in the creation and operation of technology companies in both private and public sectors. This experience includes 15 years of dental practice operations, a position as senior management consultant for Meyers Norris Penny’s Health and Dental practice, and exposure to the dental community’s approach to new technology adoption. His strengths lie in building infrastructure, creating distribution and marketing networks, commercializing technologies, and attracting investors.
John Pinsent, FCA, ICD.D | Chief Financial Officer
John Pinsent has more than 15 years’ experience in advising, financing, and commercializing technology companies. Following a distinguished 10-year career in the Assurance practice of Ernst and Young LLP, he became a founding partner of St. Arnaud Pinsent Steman Chartered Accountants. During his years in public practice, John has built a network of contacts from various industries, which he uses to help clients and investee companies build value for their enterprises.
Product Development Team
SmileSonica’s product development team has more than 100 years of cumulative engineering and manufacturing experience with ultrasound, biomedical, mechanical, electrical, and computer systems.
SmileSonica’s regulatory team has more than 25 years of cumulative experience with medical device regulations, including Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, Good Manufacturing Practices, Canadian Standard Association, and International Organization for Standardization.
SmileSonica’s advisors have been carefully selected based on their experience, knowledge, network, and ability to advance the company.