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Fotinos S. Panagakos, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Fotinos S. Panagakos, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Global Director, Scientific Affairs and Research Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Co.


Dr. Panagakos currently serves as Global Director of Scientific Affairs and Research Relations within the Research and Development division of Colgate-Palmolive Co. Since joining Colgate-Palmolive Oral Care Clinical Research Department in 2005 as Associate Director, Dr. Panagakos held several positions of increasing responsibility. His duties included clinical research and development support for the North American Oral Care division and Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals and serving as the primary liaison between Colgate and professional and academic communities within the US. He oversaw coordination of all professional education programs and served as the scientific affairs liaison to the professional community.

Dr. Panagakos also served for 14 years as a faculty member at New Jersey Dental School in a number of administrative positions, including Group Practice Administrator, Director of Environmental Safety and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Panagakos was active in both the undergraduate and graduate dental teaching programs at NJDS and had an active research program, examining the role of inflammatory proteins on connective tissue biology and function.

Dr. Panagakos received his DMD from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1992. In 1999, he received his Masters in Education from Seton Hall University and in 2007 he received his Master’s in Business Administration from Lehigh University.

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