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Philips Oral Healthcare Appoints VP of Clinical Affairs
Jan 6, 2004
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Philips Oral Healthcare (POHC), a division of Royal Philips Electronics and makers of the Sonicare(R) toothbrush, announced that it has appointed Dr. Arthur Hefti to the position of vice president of Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Hefti is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Dentistry and a tenured Professor in the Section of Department of Periodontology at Ohio State University (OSU in Columbus, OH, U.S. He is also the chair of the biomedical Institutional Review Board at OSU.

According to Philips, Dr. Hefti's appointment directly supports POHC's strategy to remain at the forefront of clinical research. "Philips Oral Healthcare has been a scientifically oriented company since the beginning, as demonstrated by its innovative product lines, advanced research facilities, published and ongoing dental research, and dedication to the dental professional community," said Conrad Smits, president and CEO of Philips Oral Healthcare. "The addition of such a well-respected industry thought leader helps cement the future and direction of the company. Dr. Hefti's talent and expertise will ensure that we continue to lead the market in the key area of clinical research."

In his new position, Dr. Hefti will bring his expertise in the field of caries and periodontal disease prevention and in designing and conducting innovative clinical trials to advance and further innovate POHC's product line.

Prior to working at OSU, Dr. Hefti held positions as professor in the Department of Periodontology and director of the Periodontal Disease Research Center at the University of Florida College of Dentistry; as associate professor and director of the Section of Preventive Dentistry and Epidemiology at the University of Basle Dental Institute in Switzerland; and, at the University of Zurich Dental Institute in Switzerland as research fellow in the Department of Oral Microbiology and General Immunology and research scientist in the Department of Preventive Dentistry, Cariology, and Periodontology.

He is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations, including the American Dental Education Association, American Statistical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Dental Research, and Society of Clinical Research Associates.

Dr. Hefti received his dental degree and doctorate at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and the Venia Legendi, with an emphasis on preventive dentistry, at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

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