Prime Minister's award for CEO of Oral Health CRC

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Australia’s premier science awards.

Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

·         Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

·         Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation

·         Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year

·         Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year

·         Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools

·         Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools


Professor Reynolds has been recognised for his outstanding achievement in the translation of scientific discovery into globally successful products that prevent and treat oral disease.

The remineralising technology CPP-ACP developed from a dairy protein by Professor Reynolds and his team at The University of Melbourne is now sold globally as RecaldentTM and used by millions of people every day in chewing gum and oral health products.

Products using RecaldentTM have generated sales of over $2 billion to date, and it has been estimated they’ve saved over $12 billion in dental treatment costs worldwide.


Professor Reynolds continues to lead research at the Oral Health CRC that is testing, improving and developing new RecaldentTM products. His team is also developing a therapeutic vaccine for the highly prevalent gum disease Chronic Periodontitis.

The Oral Health CRC congratulates all winners in the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes.  More information on the prizes is available at

You can watch Professor Reynold’s story of innovation on Youtube: