This prestigious and highly competitive award offers as much as $75,000 in research funding. Winners are chosen after rigorous scientific review, based on scientific merit and novelty, from a worldwide pool “to advance oral care programs directed toward the development of innovative and novel compounds, biomaterials or devices that can be used ultimately at the public health level,” according to the IADR.
The award recognizes Gao and his team’s research into a novel nanoparticle-based technology that offers a sophisticated approach to eliminating pathogenic biofilms and preventing dental caries. The specially designed nanoparticles simultaneously degrade the biofilm matrix and kill the bacterial pathogens embedded within while preventing tooth-enamel dissolution under acidic conditions. Furthermore, these nanoparticles are inexpensive to produce and non-toxic. The technology is patent-pending.