The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry — a new catalyst for cutting-edge innovation

| By Hannah Spector

The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) launched on January 22nd with a virtual program to celebrate this new partnership. Their goals are two-fold: 1) Accelerate the discovery and translation of new therapies, diagnostics, and devices to address unmet needs in oral health, and 2) Train the next generation of leaders in oral-craniofacial research and oral health care innovation.

“There is an urgent need to innovate and find new affordable solutions for people who are susceptible to oral and craniofacial diseases.”

The center’s co-directors are Dr. Michel Koo, DDS, MS, PhD of Penn Dental Medicine and Kathleen Stebe, MSE, PhD of Penn Engineering. The two have been working together for over five years, and a 2018 workshop funded by the Vice Provost for Research was “the catalyst for the Center; after the workshop, we put together a task force which would become the core members of the CiPD,” says Koo.