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Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD)

Mission & Vision

“Transforming the Future of Oral Health Care”

The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) is a vibrant community of experts in Penn Dental Medicine and Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who leverage cutting-edge yet affordable approaches to:

  • Accelerate discovery and translation of new therapies, diagnostics and devices to address unmet needs in oral health
  • Train the next generation of leaders in dental, oral and craniofacial research and oral healthcare innovation

Along with Penn Dental Medicine and Penn Engineering & Applied Sciences, the CiPD core partners include Center for Clinical & Translational Research, Penn Health Tech, Institute for Biomedical Informatics, and the Penn Center for Innovation.

The CiPD bridges basic/translational researchers and clinicians with engineers and data scientists working in diverse fields. Their work ranges from robotics, AI and nanotechnology to diagnose and control oral diseases to developing a plant-based platform for affordable therapeutics. While biofilm microbiomes and regeneration of craniofacial tissues are being assessed using 3D bioprinting and organ-on-a-chip platforms.

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The CiPD provides funding opportunities to study disease mechanisms and to accelerate innovative diagnostic and therapeutic solutions. Current programs include Pilot Fund and Fellowship Awards with topics ranging from COVID-19 and Artificial Intelligence in Dentistry to Oral Health Care Devices.

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By leveraging the expertise in dental medicine and engineering sciences, the CiPD will train the next generation dentists, engineers and scientists with interdisciplinary skills. The training program focuses on mechanistic understanding of oral diseases/craniofacial disorders, precision diagnostics and affordable therapies targeted to susceptible populations.

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A gift to the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry accelerates research into new tools to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases and otherwise address unmet oral health needs. There are various ways to make a contribution, including online.

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240 South 40th Street | Philadelphia, PA | 19104
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