Dr. Gerald A. Niznick was the founder and President of Core-Vent Dental Implant Company from 1982 to 2001 when it was sold to what is now knows as Zimmer Biomet. Dr. Niznick returned to the implant industry in 2004, as the developer and president of Implant Direct. Barron's Magazine Article on Dental Implant Industry Feb. 15, 2005 referred to Dr. Niznick as "a prosthodontist and entrepreneur who is considered by many as the godfather of American implant dentistry.” From 1982-2017, a 35 year span, Dr. Niznick was issued 33 U.S. Patents on dental implant related products including his invention of the internal conical connection in 1986 which has become the cornerstone of modern implant design.
In 1991 Dr. Niznick was the fifth recipient of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s Isaah Lew Research award. After almost a half century of membership in AAID, Dr. Niznick is receiving the 2020 Gershkoff-Goldberg Award for his exceptional contributions to the field of implant dentistry in product development and his distinguished career in dental implant research and education.