Colgate-Palmolive Opened Volpe Clinical Research Center in Honor of Anthony R. Volpe ’60

Colgate-Palmolive opened its Volpe Clinical Research Center in Piscataway, NJ, June 1. The center is named after the late Anthony R. Volpe, a member of RSDM’s inaugural Class of 1960 and Colgate’s former 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,” stated Colgate-Palmolive’s press release. “Recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on clinical dental research and preventive dentistry, Tony published more than 200 papers in major international scientific journals. He was also an accomplished practitioner, dental educator, industry leader, and philanthropic volunteer.”

Colgate’s new center aims to continue Volpe’s legacy and “accelerate development of the company’s cutting-edge technology and product formulas” for a healthier future.

Dean Cecile A. Feldman, Oral Biology Department Chair Daniel Fine, and Professor of Restorative Dentistry Peter L. DeSciscio ’85 attended the opening ceremony at Colgate’s Global Technology Center in Piscataway.

A dedicated alum, Volpe served as a caring mentor to RSDM students until his death in 2020. He also founded RSDM’s New Horizons Program 21 years ago to introduce students to nontraditional careers in oral healthcare, which was renamed last year as the Dr. Tony Volpe New Horizons Program, endowed by Colgate-Palmolive.

A group photo from the opening ceremony