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. Dr. Panagakos served for 14 years as a faculty member at New Jersey Dental School. He 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.
In 2005, Dr. Panagakos joined the Colgate-Palmolive Oral Care Clinical Research Department as an Associate Director and in 2006, was promoted to Director of Professional Relations and Scientific Affairs – North America. In that role, he served as the primary liaison between Colgate and professional and academic communities in the US, coordinated all professional education programs, and served as the scientific affairs liaison to the professional community. In April 2009, Dr. Panagakos served as the Director of Clinical Research Relations and Strategy within the Research and Development division of Colgate-Palmolive Co. His responsibilities include oversight of clinical studies, scientific communication strategy, and liaison with dental professional organizations. In March of 2013, Dr. Panagakos’ role with Colgate-Palmolive evolved; he now serves as Global Director, Scientific Affairs in Oral Care Clinical Research. In this role, he leads their scientific affairs’ efforts in Global Technology to translate the science behind products into effective communication for the dental profession. He also leads the cultivation and expansion of our key-thought-leader programs for specific products and benefit areas, as well as strategic consulting, and will continue development of the visitation program for visiting dental professionals, academics and other strategic partners to the Global Technology Center.