he Center for Research and Education in Technology Evaluation (CRETE) has announced the creation of a dental innovation center that will bring the most current services, technologies, equipment, and products to dental education. The continuing education research facility, to be housed at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, will be the first center in the country developed through a partnership between the dental industry and a dental school.  

The CRETE Innovation Center (CIC) will be administered by a board made up of representatives from the dental industry, the dental school faculty, and dental students. The board will oversee CIC operations and management.

The approximately 1,800-square-foot facility will include a reception area, three modern dental operatories, a sterilization area, and space for storage. The operatories will be designed to allow broadcasting to locations within the dental schools as well as remote locations. The broadcasting of procedures in real time will help manufacturers accelerate their research and development process.

CRETE is currently seeking partners to assist in the creation of the dental Innovation center by donating products, funding, or expertise through participation in the CIC Planning Board. For more information, contact Dr. Ed Rossomando at (860) 679-2622.