Welcome to the Online Reference for PEEK Implants

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

Final Program and Conference Proceedings: 4th International PEEK Meeting, April 25-26, 2019

The Implant Research Center of Drexel University and Exponent, Inc., are pleased to announce the final program and conference proceedings 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 is 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 are welcome at this conference, the majority of submissions were related to implantable PEEK and its composites. 

Coming in 2019: The PEEK Biomaterials Handbook - 2nd Edition

At long last the manuscript for the 2nd Edition of the PEEK Biomaterials is completed and has been sent to the publisher. Printing of the book will be available in January  2019, in time for the 4th International PEEK Meeting (IPEEKM). Check back soon for more details. The book can be preordered from Elsevier.

Structure-Property Relationships for 3D Printed PEEK Cages

A standardized cage design was 3D printed with different speeds of the print head nozzle to investigate whether 3D printed PEEK cages exhibit sufficient material properties for lumbar fusion applications. It was observed that the strength of the 3D printed cages were 63-92% of the machined cages. Printing speed is an important printing parameter for 3D printed PEEK.

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Featured Standards

Medical Grade PAEK Standard Updates from ASTM

At the May 2018 ASTM meeting in San Diego, CA, the task force continued to discuss draft ballots related to a proposed new specification for short carbon fiber reinforced polymers for surgical implant applications. The task force also discussed and approved a new work item to revise the PEEK standard specification (ASTM F2026). The next task force meeting will convene with the rest of F04 on Wed, November 7, 2018, in Washington DC. 

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Featured Conferences

Early Bird Registration Extended for the 4th International PEEK Meeting

Drexel University is pleased to announce that Early Bird Registration has been extended to the end of February. The 4th International PEEK meeting will be 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: Early bird registration is $395 for professionals, $185 for government employees and students. These fees will expire on February 28, 2019. Standard registration is $495 for professionals and $225 for government employees and students. Click here to register online for the PEEK conference.


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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