With 94 issued patents and more than 30 pending, Oxman played a key role in revolutionizing the dental industry by helping to create light activated tooth colored restorative filling materials to replace conventional metal fillings.
Young Scientist Challenge Role:
3M’s Oral Care Solutions Division
Meet Dr. Oxman. Dr. Joe Oxman is serious about enhancing smiles around the world. He has revolutionized the dental industry through his science by helping to create light-activated tooth-colored restorative filling materials to replace conventional metal fillings. Currently a corporate scientist with 3M's Oral Care Division, Dr. Oxman has worked at 3M for 33 years, and his expertise spans photocurable systems, nanotechnology, glass ionomer materials and hard tissue adhesives. With 95 issued patents and 100 publications, the strength of his science is clear.
Thanks to his outstanding work, Joe has received several prestigious awards including the American Chemical Society (ACS) Cooperative Research Award, the ACS Industrial Polymer Scientist Award, the University of Colorado College of Engineering & Applied Science Corporate Advocate Award, the Peyton Skinner Award for Innovation in Dental Materials and several 3M Corporate Genesis Research Grant Awards. He was also inducted into the 3M Carlton Society, which honors outstanding technical employees at 3M. Joe is the co-founder of an NSF Collaborative Research Center and serves as the 3M industrial director for the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics.
Joe is passionate about sharing his knowledge with the next generation of great scientists: in addition to teaching several classes on innovation in the dental industry, he has been involved in the 3M Summer Teacher's program and mentored students of all ages who have an interest in science.