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Virtual Dental Care Inc. of Irvine has been tapped by Mission Smiles, a Florida-based nonprofit that provides dental care to underserved communities through mobile clinics, to help manage its multi-site operations.

While most teledentistry tools have a one-size-fits-all approach, Virtual Dental Care’s Teledentix platform “can be dynamically configured to the needs of each location you travel to,” the company says. 

Businesses can use the software to dictate which services are available at various locations, and create workflows for different types of locations such as churches, community centers or skilled nursing homes. 

Teledentix also allows dentists to access advanced clinical tools on the go, such as x-ray capture, treatment planning tools and voice-activated perio charting for managing gum health. 

The company, launched in 2016, works with Aliso Viejo-based OnSite Dental, a dental services provider for private employer practices including Amazon, Boeing, and Facebook, among others. 

Virtual Dental Care, which raised a $3.1 million round of financing in March, was founded by Chief Executive Richard Lee and Chief Operating Officer William Jackson; the duo previously launched Newport Beach’s Planet DDS in 2003.


Laguna Beach-based sales training platform Virtanza this month closed its oversubscribed seed round of financing.

The $1.4 million round included participation from local angel groups OSEA Angel Investors and Tech Coast Angels in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Arizona Tech Investors, Band of Angels, Expert Dojo and M&K Angels also contributed.

Virtanza offers multiple sales training courses in management, product and services, and helps its students determine the best sales roles for them, based on their personality and career goals.

The company, which offers five- to 14-week courses in 16 universities, aims to fuel the post-COVID economic recovery by placing qualified students in unfulfilled sales jobs, said Chief Executive Debbie Holzkamp.

While one third of all job vacancies are sales jobs and 50% of college graduates land their first job in sales, just 3% of universities offer sales specializations, according to the company’s website.

Virtanza also plans to unveil a job search engine that pairs prospective employers with its certified graduates at the beginning of 2021.


NGD Systems Inc. of Irvine this month unveiled the newest addition to its computational storage solid state drive line, which is the first Enterprise & Data SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) drive to store up to 12 terabytes of data. 

EDSFF devices make high-performance computing and processing for big data servers, artificial intelligence, high-end gaming and other data-intensive applications possible. 

NGD Systems is partnering with server manufacturers such as Taiwan-based AIC Inc. to offer custom products to companies in need of greater data capacity and flexibility, the company said. 

NGD Systems’ computational storage product line is now in production and available for purchase, following its $20 million Series C round of financing led by Newport Beach’s MIG Capital in February. 

“Pioneering companies like NGD Systems are sending a clear message to the data storage industry—there is a better way to handle the petabytes of data that all organizations must contend with to process AI and ML workloads and that is Computational Storage,” MIG Capital CEO Richard Merage, son of Paul Merage, said in a statement. 


Sprightly Health of Irvine is building a COVID-19 testing and tracking platform to help entertainment venues and businesses reopen with a “safe space” environment, Chief Executive Gaetan Fraikin told the Business Journal.

The company, which is located at the University Lab Partner wet lab incubator, said its platform will read COVID-19 test results, store results in a mobile app and provide a health status and population-level visability to destinations. 

Users will subscribe to a weekly testing regime, and receive a green, orange or red status based on results. An orange status means a user skipped a week of testing and suggests moderate risk to destinations, Fraikin said. 

Sprightly Health is developing its own rapid antigen test with intellectual property licensed from the National University of Singapore and a team of researchers led by Chief Technology Officer Steven Daniel and Alpesh Amin, chair of the department of medicine at the UCI School of Medicine. 

Sprightly Health was founded in March and is led by Shu Li, who is chairman of the board at Irvine-based cancer diagnostic firm Helio Health (previously Laboratory for Advanced Medicine) and J&J Investments Worldwide.

The 12-person company is led by CEO Fraikin, a former head of global marketing at Roche, Illumnia and his own marketing firm Audacity Health.

Prodoscore, an Irvine-based software firm, announced the creation of a research council this month. 

Research studies will be led by third-party researchers and help businesses use the company’s workforce productivity platform to make more informed decisions about employee performance, engagement, data ethics and privacy, the company said. 

The council’s first research report revealed how Prodoscore data helps organizations make decisions with data-driven insights, opposed to self-reporting biases, it said. 

The report showed the most and least productive employees spend their time on one platform, which suggests high performing workers master a single platform, while low performers focus on platforms with small returns, it said. 

Studies will continue to demonstrate how Prodoscore “enhances awareness of work habits, and empowers employees to track their productivity practices in pursuit of excellence,” Chief Strategy Officer Tom Moran said. 

Prodoscore will unveil its next productivity trends report across 30,000 users before year’s end. 

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