The 4th International PEEK Meeting was convened from April 25 to 26, 2019 in Washington, DC, USA at the Cosmos Club. The conference was hosted by the Implant Research Center of Drexel University in collaboration with Exponent, Inc., with support provided by Invibio Biomaterial Solutions™.
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 welcomed at the conference, the majority of submissions were expected to be related to implantable PEEK and its composites.
The first day of the conference included focused sessions on regulatory aspects of PEEK medical devices, organized in collaboration with scientists from FDA.
The 4thInternational PEEK Meeting focused on identifying and closing gaps in the regulatory science for medical grade PEEK technology and clinical applications including:
Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., Implant Research Center, Drexel University and Exponent, Inc. Joanne Tipper, Ph.D., University of Technology Sydney
Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D., Clemson University
Katherine Kavlock, Ph.D., US FDA CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health)
John Bowsher, Ph.D., US FDA CDRH
A wave of recent research projects presented at the latest International PEEK Meeting* in Washington, D.C., has highlighted the increasing adoption of PEEK implants in clinical practice as well as the material´s established position due to possible patient benefits.