2007 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medalist - Paul A. Sagel

Paul A. Sagel is awarded the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal for his efforts to produce one of the biggest innovations in home oral care in decades: Crest Whitestrips. The invention of Crest Whitestrips married a proprietary strip delivery system with novel design elements to deliver intrinsic tooth whitening to the consumer in a safe and effective manner. As a result, over $1 billion dollars of Whitestrips have been purchased by consumers.

The introduction of Crest Whitestrips has created a category of at-home intensive Oral Care products in the US and several countries, including Canada, Germany, Italy, China, and Mexico, and sets the stage for additional at-home intensive products for our global consumers.

Sagel is a Principal Engineer at the Procter & Gamble Company Health Care Research Center in Cincinnati , Ohio USA. He graduated summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati , which awarded him its Herman Schneider Medal. As an undergraduate, Mr. Sagel worked for the Drackett Company, where he received a Presidents award for breakthrough developments in household cleaning products.

Sagel joined P&G in 1993, initially focusing on chewing gum technology, chemical technology for dentifrice, packaging and clinical imaging methods. In 1996, he began working on tooth whitening and invented Crest Whitestrips in early 1997. Mr. Sagel was awarded the John G. Smale Innovation Award in 2000 for his accomplishments and has been featured in leading publications as a breakthrough product innovator. Mr Sagel currently holds 18 patents with others pending.

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