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Our goals are to highlight recent developments in clinically relevant PEEK research and to stimulate hypothesis-driven investigations related to medical grade polyaryletherketones.

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PEEK Biomaterials Handbook

A new textbook dedicated to PEEK Biomaterials, edited by Dr. Steve Kurtz, has been published as part of the Plastics Design Library by Elsevier Inc. This Handbook brings together experts in many different facets related to PEEK clinical performance as well as in the areas of materials science, tribology, and biology to provide a complete reference for specialists in the field of plastics, biomaterials, medical device design and surgical applications. This book can be ordered at Amazon.

Featured Publications & Reports

Call for Abstracts: 4th International PEEK Meeting, April 25-26, 2019

The Implant Research Center of Drexel University and Exponent, Inc., are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 4th International PEEK Meeting, which will be convened at The Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, USA on April 25 and 26, 2019. The purpose of the conference was to bring together engineers, scientists, regulators, and clinicians from academia, industry, and government agencies for the presentation of leading edge research on advancements in medical grade polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymer technology and clinical applications. Although all scientific studies, clinical applications and innovations related to the broad family of medical grade PAEKs were welcome at this conference, the majority of submissions were related to implantable PEEK and its composites. Click here for more information on the call for abstracts. 

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Featured Standards

Medical Grade PAEK Standard Updates from ASTM

At the May 2016 ASTM meeting in San Antonio, TX, the task force announced the publication of the updated trace levels of heavy metals in medical grade PEEK in ASTM F2026 -16 (Standard Specification for Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Polymers for Surgical Implant Applications). The task force discussed and approved a new work item to characterize consolidation defects and extranous matter, which will be discussed at future meetings. The next task force meeting will convene with the rest of F04 on Wed, November 16, 2016, in Orlando, FL. 

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Save the Date! for the 4th International PEEK Conference

Drexel University is pleased to announce that the 4th International PEEK meeting will be reconvened in Washington, D.C., in April 25-26, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together engineers, scientists, regulators, and clinicians from academia, industry, and government agencies and present leading edge research on advancements in medical grade PEEK technology and clinical applications. The first day of the conference will include focused sessions on regulatory aspects of PEEK medical devices, organized in collaboration with scientists from FDA.

Principal Organizers: The meeting will be organized by Steve Kurtz (Chair) in collaboration with Joanne Tipper (University of Technology Sydney), Jeremy Gilbert (Clemson University) as well as John Bowsher and Kate Kavlock (FDA CDRH).


Venue: The meeting will be convened at the Cosmos Club, located in the Embassy Row district of downtown Washington D.C.. The Cosmos Club is in walking distance of many accomodations and downtown attractions.  


Registration: Check back soon for details regarding conference registration.


Accommodations: Based on feedback from last year's meeting we have elected not to reserve a meeting block, because of the plethora of hotels near the conference venue.

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