Dentex – The dental partnership offering a unique co-ownership model officially launches this May

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  • Dentex helps dental practices to achieve clinical excellence through smart partnerships.
  • The Dentex team is headed up by Barry Lanesmen, CEO; Pat Langley as Chief Dental Officer and Rob
    Paxman as Director of Partnering.
  • Dentex already boasts a great dental partner roster including Mark Hughes, Elaine Halley, Rahul
    Doshi, Stephen Tarr and Tidu Mankoo.

London, 26 April 2017: Launching to the dental community this May, Dentex is a UK partnership group
for the dental profession. Working to a unique co-ownership model, which encourages clinical excellence
and growth in profitability, the organisation provides the support that independent dental practitioners
need to achieve their full potential, without encroaching on their autonomy.

Established in 2014, the organisation already works with a number of strategically selected partner
dentists including Mark Hughes, Stuart Bowen-Davies, Stan Dubowitz, Elaine Halley, Rahul and Bhavna
Doshi, Pieter Claassen, Stephen Tarr, and Tidu Mankoo.

Founded by Mark Cockburn, a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience, and William
Bowen-Davies, an entrepreneur with a successful history in business management and extensive
experience in the dental industry, Dentex combines clinical and financial excellence.

Headed up by CEO Barry Lanesman, a qualified Dentist with a 26-year career history and an MBA from
the University of Cape Town, Dentex is managed by dentists and others with professional links to the
occupation. Coupled with Pat Langley’s (Group Clinical Director at Oasis for 7 years) outstanding clinical
support, guidance and leadership, and Christopher Barrow’s (Legal Director, with 20 years’ experience at
high profile international law firms) unerring legal expertise, the Dentex team have extremely strong

Lanesman comments: ‘The Dentex mission is to foster clinical excellence and freedom in dentistry. It is
important that we collaborate with our partnering dentists, enabling them a way to enhance and share
their skills. This means that with our support they can grow more than they could have on their own,
whilst retaining clinical control of their business. These goals and values are shared by our funders at
Universal Partners.It’s a unique approach, but one that we feel really meets the needs of dentists today
– we believe what we are building will revolutionise dentistry in the UK

Andrew Birrell, Executive Director at Universal Partners comments: ‘Universal Partners are delighted
to fund Dentex, to support the delivery of the unique clinical partnership model. As a long-term capital
provider, we are committed to partnership and we believe that Dentex will make a lasting, positive impact
by allowing clinicians to set high clinical standards, whilst benefiting from a strong capital provider.

Dentex works with two partner types:

  • Dentex Regional Partners – For dentists who wish to expand and grow their own group of practices,
    but need support to realise their ambitions. Taking a minority share the business, Dentex provide
    financial, legal, regulatory, business and management support necessary to drive practices forward.
  • Dentex Practice Partners – Practice Partners gain the support needed to refocus their efforts on the
    areas of work which they find most rewarding. The practice becomes part of a Regional Partner’s
    group, helping to realise the practice’s potential, both clinically and financially.

Dentex co-founder Mark Cockburn comments: ‘Dentex supports dentists in running their practices by
providing mentoring, guidance, technical, financial, regulatory, legal and clinical help as needed. Partners
retain full clinical control of their businesses and gain the reassurance of a safety net.
At Dentex we believe in a culture of integrity, respect, and the highest ethical standards,’ he adds. ‘We
work with passion and determination in everything that we do, while continuously searching to innovate,
improve and evolve. These are the qualities which we are looking for in any future practice or regional

Regional Partner, Mark Hughes of SD Dentco, comments: ‘Patient-centred dentistry has always been a
passion of mine. Having developed my own group of practices, as well as worked with and sold to large
dental corporates, Dentex was the only option that allowed me to continue to provide the highest quality
care and personal attention that I am used to. Being able to retain my own philosophy and practice
identity was key in my decision to join.

In my opinion, they are the only investment vehicle that offers true partnership in growing our businesses
together. Any concerns I had were quickly abated after meeting the exceptional support team Dentex has
pulled together. The wealth of experience and support they offer is second to none in the UK.

The ability to release equity and still remain in control of my business was key and with the support of the
Dentex team I can achieve growth much quicker than I could have on my own.

About Dentex

At Dentex we believe in the power of partnership. Since the organisation’s inception in 2014, the team
has evolved to encompass experience and expertise from every area needed to make Dentex a market

Our aim is to build a successful, inclusive, co-owned dental business that inspires growth and high
standards of clinical practice, while improving the running of practices and liberating lifestyles.