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Colgate-Palmolive opens one-of-a-kind research center

June 20, 2022
Colgate has opened a research center with a unique cross-team structure designed to accelerate R&D and speed innovation timeline significantly.

Colgate-Palmolive has opened Volpe Clinical Research Center in Piscataway, NJ, which will accelerate development of the company’s cutting-edge technology and product formulas, fulfilling its purpose to reimagine a healthier future for all. 

Colgate hosted a grand opening ceremony on June 1 to officially open the new, state-of-the-art, in-house clinical research facility, named in honor of the company’s formative leader for more than 50 years, the late Tony Volpe, Colgate’s Vice President of Worldwide Clinical Research.

The Volpe Clinical Research Center, an in-house clinical research center based within its largest global technology center, empowers Colgate to more easily test and learn about the benefits of new formulations and devices, gain immediate feedback on prototypes, and receive direct consumer insights from study participants.

A unique cross-team structure

By leveraging a unique cross-team structure that brings together Colgate’s R&D, innovation team, clinical and consumer insights specialists, the Volpe Center is designed to accelerate R&D and speed the innovation timeline significantly.

This facility enables dentists, hygienists, dermatologists, aestheticians and other members of the clinical research team to cocreate health-care products with early research, product development, marketing, design and packaging teams, and with the consumers who will ultimately use the products.

In addition to advancing oral care, Colgate researchers will also use the new facility to support innovation for the company’s skin health business.

Reimagining a Healthier Future 

With the new Volpe Center, Colgate furthers its commitment to bringing consumers the most efficacious products based on clinical research.

Colgate’s clinical research team and vast global clinical research network are differentiating factors for the company, and enables it to achieve its purpose—to reimagine a healthier future for all—with scientific excellence. Colgate conducts over 200 clinical studies each year with the help of academic partners, clinical research organizations and practice-based networks in addition to its own in-house clinical operations in Piscataway and at our Dental Health Units throughout the world. 

The research conducted in the Volpe Center will also support Colgate’s comprehensive education program that is transforming how the world thinks about and approaches oral health. Despite the alarming fact that nearly half of all people globally suffer from oral disease, many are unaware that oral health is linked to overall health. With our Know Your OQ campaign, Colgate is on a mission to increase oral health literacy and empower people to understand that a healthier future starts with a healthy mouth. 

The new center pays tribute to the late Tony Volpe, Colgate’s Vice President of Worldwide Clinical Research. Tony was an extraordinary leader for Colgate for more than 50 years and personified our company’s commitment to improving oral health, to developing products with scientific excellence, and to establishing our leadership among dental professionals. 

Source: press release from Colgate-Palmolive dated June 2022