Superior biomaterial properties of PEEK-OPTIMATM Natural polymer have the potential to improve performance in active implantable medical devices.

One of the most dynamic areas in the healthcare industry today are active implantable medical devices (AIMDs). An AIMD is any active medical device that is intended to be totally or partially introduced into the human body for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, and which is intended to remain in place.

AIMDs include a wide range of devices such as:

  • Cardiac pacemakers
  • Defibrillators
  • Implantable neurostimulator systems
  • Leads, electrodes, adaptors for implantable pulse generators
  • Brachytherapy systems 
  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)
  • Cochlear implants 
  • Implantable infusion pumps
  • Implantable glucose monitors
  • Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

Potential benefits of PEEK-OPTIMA for active implantable medical devices

As researchers seek to improve existing therapies and develop new active implantable medical devices, our PEEK-OPTIMA polymer has been analyzed to assess the potential benefits for active implantable medical devices. These benefits may include:1

  • High strength
  • Implant stability
  • Resistance to hydrolysis and the effects of ionizing radiation
  • Repeated sterilization using conventional gamma irradiation, steam and ethylene oxide (EtO) 
  • Mechanical performance, combining strength, stiffness and toughness even after sterilization 
  • Radiolucent without imaging artifacts in X-rays, CT and MRI scans

Dielectric properties of PEEK-OPTIMA

The dielectric properties of PEEK-OPTIMA polymer allow for exceptional performance as an insulator, with minimal interference and minimal loss over changing conditions such as temperature, humidity, and frequency. In addition to excellent mechanical and electrical insulation properties, PEEK-OPTIMA polymer has a low dielectric constant and very low loss.  This minimizes signal attenuation and allows features such as telemetry or wireless charging through the PEEK material with greatly reduced signal attenuation or eddy current loss compared to metal implants.2

Contact us today if you would like to learn more about how our PEEK-OPTIMATM polymer can improve performance in AIMDs.


1. Invibio Biomaterial Solutions Master File data.

2. Data on file at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions.


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