Vanik Kaufmann-Jinoian (Calcutta, India, 1958) grew up in Switzerland, in a city close to Basel, where he went to school and received his training in order to become a certified dental technician. In the years after, he optimized his dental skills in various dental laboratories in Switzerland. During this training period, he spent one year in the United States to master the skills of marketing. Upon his return to Switzerland, he started working for the Vita Company. At that time, he was the youngest ceramic demonstrator in the world - teaching ceramic courses all around the world.
Currently, he owns a state-of-the-art dental laboratory close to Basel, which he founded in 1990. This lab covers all aspects of modern dentistry. Various dental companies use his lab for testing new dental materials, mostly because of Vanik’s knack for research and development of new techniques. Amongst others, he is named as one of the initiators of the various CAD-CAM systems for dental labs.
Besides the activities in his own laboratory, Vanik has taught at the master technicians school in Switzerland and at the University of Greifswald in Germany. Over the last few years, he has been teaching dentists how to achieve high-quality restorations using chair-side units. He has published a book on this topic and wrote many articles for various dental magazines around the world. He is a well-known speaker at major symposiums.
Vanik is the R&D manager of Twinsmile AG. In this role, he hosts lectures and workshops with Tom Huigen.