The pioneer of dental industry I
The chemist, inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Otto Hoffmann
Before getting to know the dentist Dr. Robert Richter who had been educated in the USA, he, amongst other things, developed dyestuffs for today’s BASF and had a number of procedures for the synthesis of water soluble indulines patented.
Richter in turn, was on the look out for a resourceful chemist who would be able to develop a dental cement similar to that designed by Rostaing de Rostagni,
the composition of which he had however taken to his grave.
Otto Hoffmann started looking for a solution to the problem and actually did fi nd a formula which not only replicated Rostaing’s dentinogenes but even surpassed them considerably in terms of quality.He thereupon finally settled in Berlin and together with a companion founded a Company in order to produce and market the zinc phosphate cement which he had developed.
The product quickly found many takers across the world, so that the company had achieved a monopolistic position by the outbreak of the First World War. Dr. Hoffmann also developed a number of other products for dentistry, but phosphate cement was to be his most lasting invention.
The work of this dental industry pioneer lives on today, not least in the products that carry his name: Hoffmann´s.