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Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry

Mission & Vision

The CiPD is a vibrant community of experts in Penn Dental Medicine and Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who leverage cutting-edge approaches to:

(1) Accelerate discovery and translation of new therapies, diagnostics and devices to address unmet needs in oral health

(2) Train the next generation of leaders in dental, oral and craniofacial research and oral healthcare innovation

From new ways to study and intervene in disease, to the development of personalized biomedical tools and technologies for affordable diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases and craniofacial disorders, the Center is dedicated to advancing oral healthcare through engineering, biotechnological and computational approaches.

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 Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry is advancing science across disciplines by bridging basic/translational researchers and clinicians with engineers and data scientists working in cutting-edge fields. Their work ranges from robotics, AI and nanotechnology to control oral diseases to developing a plant-based platform for oral delivery of affordable biopharmaceuticals. While stem cell biologists are working to enhance regeneration of craniofacial tissues using 3D bioprinting and organ-on-a-chip platforms.

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The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry provides training grants and funding opportunities to study disease mechanisms and to accelerate innovative diagnostic and therapeutic solutions. Current programs include the COVID-19 in Dental Medicine Pilot Projects Awards, Innovation in Oral Care Devices & Technologies call for proposals, the Artificial Intelligence in Dental Medicine Fellowship, and the Precision Dentistry Innovation Accelerator Award student competition.

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By leveraging the expertise in dental medicine, engineering and applied sciences, the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry will train the next generation dentists and scientists with multidisciplinary skills. The training program focuses on mechanistic understanding of oral diseases/craniofacial conditions and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches targeted to vulnerable and susceptible populations.

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A gift to the Center for Innovation and 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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