Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the grand opening and dedication of its new center of innovation and learning to Dr. Richard E. Caruso, late founder of the company, in Plainsboro.
The new state-of-the-art 14,000-square-foot research & development facility is dedicated to pioneering new advances in treatment pathways and setting new standards of care to restore patient’s lives.
Guests included staff members from the offices of U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th Dist.) and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), as well as Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu. Guests were given a tour of the new R&D facility following the dedication ceremony.
“We are proud to honor Dr. Caruso’s legacy and contributions to regenerative medicine by naming our new facility the Dr. Richard E. Caruso Center of Innovation and Learning,” Jan De Witte, Princeton-based Integra’s CEO and president, said.
As Robert T. Davis Jr., executive vice president and president of Integra’s Tissue Technologies global product division shared during the ceremony: “This new facility reinforces our commitment to deliver cutting-edge regenerative technologies to address unmet clinical needs. In addition, it will be an important site for learning, as we plan to host many educational programs for our customers and colleagues worldwide, which is an important part of our mission.”
Caruso, the former chairman of the board and CEO, founded Integra in 1989 with a vision that the human body could be enabled to regenerate many of its own damaged or diseased tissues. Through his vision, Integra became the first company to develop and bring to market a tissue regeneration product, Integra Dermal Regeneration Template, which was approved by the FDA in 1996 as a skin replacement system with a claim for regeneration of dermal tissue in the treatment of life-threatening burns and repair of scar contractures.
Integra is a $1.5 billion global company with 3,700 employees worldwide, 800 of which are based at one of its New Jersey facilities.