On 10 September 2015, a group of dental students and dentists gathered at venture capitalist Mr. Bernhard Schütte's penthouse to discuss the conjuring of a massive development for dentistry in Malaysia, the Scientific Dentistry Alliance (SDA).
“The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma Gandhi
This major project, the Scientific Dentistry Alliance (SDA) would be bringing in top influencers and mentors from various sectors, in the hopes of taking Malaysia’s dental industry to the highest international standards. This vision will be achieved by fostering an environment to attract the world’s best and most advanced dental companies to establish themselves in Malaysia, making Malaysia the dental business hub of Asia.
The director, Billy Choong explained the issues that the dental industry is facing and the trends for the healthcare scene in the nation. He then elaborated on the vision, mission, and the 5-year plan for the Alliance. As an excellent dental practice depends on both aspects of the dentist's skillset as well as the tools, it is crucial that the standards of both areas are raised. The SDA aims to make Malaysia a top destination for dental studies once again. Also,to transform the country to be an attractive location for investors and foreign dental manufacturers.
With the backing of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and top leaders of the nation, the SDA is on route to achieving great things for the country.