Tele-dentistry startup Byte has hired former Paul Hastings partner Meagan Olsen as its first general counsel and chief of staff.
Olsen joined the Los Angeles-based Byte, a unit of
Byte, founded in 2017, provides at-home teeth straighteners for $85 a month. The company reported a 1,000% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2020, partially boosted by the Covid-19 pandemic’s effect on demand for telehealth.
In January, dental technology company Dentsply Sirona acquired Byte for over $1 billion. In a LinkedIn post announcing the deal, Byte president and CEO Neeraj Gunsagar called the acquisition a “giant step” in the company’s mission.
Olsen told Bloomberg Law in an email, “Byte’s tremendous growth and success have been driven by our belief that everyone deserves access to a brighter, straighter smile.”
Other companies like SmileDirectClub Inc., Align Technology Inc., and Candid Care Co. all offer similar teeth aligners, and many emphasize remote services.
But last December, a judge invalidated a SmileDirectClub business-model patent and dismissed the company’s lawsuit against rival Candid Care. SmileDirectClub was later granted a second patent for its SmileShop concept that allowed it to continue its lawsuit against Candid Care.