2018 Straumann–botiss YoungProAward goes to Piero Papi

YoungProAward in Regenerative Dentistry was presented to Dr Piero Papi on November 12th at the botiss bone & tissue World Congress in Berlin.

Dr. Papi is a Research Fellow in the Oral Surgery Unit of the Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Sciences at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. He also serves as a Teaching Assistant of Implantology and lectures in oral implantology in the Master’s program. He obtained his DDS and MDS degrees at Sapienza University, where he is currently completing his PhD with a focus on bone and tissue regeneration, under the supervision of Prof. G. Pompa. In 2016, Dr Papi was a Visiting Scholar at the University Complutense of Madrid, under the supervision of Prof. G. Pradies.

The winning entry

Entitled ‘Immediate implant placement and peri-implant augmentation with a porcine-derived acellular dermal matrix (mucoderm®) and synthetic bone (maxresorb®) in the esthetic area’, Dr Papi’s winning submission covers 15 single-tooth replacements in the front of the mouth, performed in 15 patients up to 8 weeks after tooth extraction. A guided-bone regeneration procedure, using a synthetic bone-graft together with a 3-dimensional matrix was performed in each case to build up bone around the implant. Dr Papi’s work shows that the contour and attachment of the gingiva around the implant was successfully augmented and remained stable after 12 months. His entry will be published on STARGET.

The runners-up

The second prize was presented to Amruta Joshi BDS, MDS, a private practitioner in Mumbai, India, for her work entitled “In-vivo comparative evaluation of collagen membrane containing recombinant human platelet derived growth factor-BB and autologous platelet rich fibrin membrane when used for periodontal regeneration – a clinical and biochemical study.”

The third prize was awarded to Lennart Kühnel, a medical student and doctoral candidate at the Department of Oral maxillofacial Surgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany for his work on the “Development of a volume stable barrier membrane for guided bone regeneration based on an HF-coated magnesium mesh combined with a collagen membrane: in vivo biocompatibility, tissue response and bone regeneration.”

The Award

The Straumann-botiss YoungPro Award is a bi-annual prize, which was created in 2015 with the aim of fostering and encouraging the development of young dental professionals in the field of regenerative dentistry and dental biomaterials research. Dental practitioners, students, researchers, etc. under the age of 35 compete for the prize by submitting original work that contributes to the advancement of treatment/care or research in regenerative dentistry. The winner receives a cash prize of €10 000 and the top three entrants win a trip to the bone & tissue days World Congress in Berlin. The previous winners are Dr Andreas Pabst (Germany) and Dr Vitor Sapata (Brazil).

Previous winners



Dr. Sapata, a native of Brazil is currently a Research Scholar at the University of Zurich Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science in Switzerland. He holds a Master’s degree in Dental Science from the State University of Maringá in Brazil and completed a Periodontology Residency at the same faculty. He is in private practice in his hometown and a PhD student at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Vítor Sapata is also a member of the academic network of the International Team of Implantology (ITI)


The subject of his work was localized bone regeneration around dental implants using biological mediators. By testing the influence of biological mediators (rhPDGF-BB or rhBMP-2) for bone regeneration around dental implants, the study sought to demonstrate if and how the use of biological mediators could improve predictability and reduce morbidity.



Andreas Pabst DMD is a resident in Oral- and Maxillofacial surgery at the Federal Armed Forces hospital in Koblenz, Germany. He holds a degree in dentistry and one in medicine from the University Medical Center Mainz, where he is currently a researcher and doctoral student.


Entitled “In-vitro and in-vivo characterization of biocompatibility and biomechanical properties of a new acellular collagen matrix (mucoderm®)”, Dr Pabst’s winning entry concerns research into the use of tissue-graft products for regenerating gum tissues. Soft tissue augmentation is still one of the main challenges in implant and periodontal therapy. While autografts (i.e. grafts from the patient’s own tissue) are used successfully, the procedure causes significant discomfort and inconvenience for the patient including pain and swelling. It may fail because of inflammation or other complications and is not always possible. A promising alternative is offered by mucoderm, which is a purified natural collagen-elastin matrix, suitable for a diverse range of soft-tissue grafting indications. Dr Pabst’s work included a series of tests that demonstrated biocompatibility of the graft material and revascularization of the tissue, with no cytotoxic or inflammatory reactions. He also examined the biomechanics and re-hydration of mucoderm, which is supplied in a dry state. His work and results give clear insights into the clinical application of the material and were commended by the jury for their clinical implications and relevance.