International Peek Meeting

Introduction & Organizers

The 3rd International PEEK Meeting was convened from April 27 to 28, 2017 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.

Conference Purpose

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.

Focused Topics

The 3rd International PEEK Meeting focused on identifying and closing gaps in the regulatory science for medical grade PEEK technology and clinical applications including:

  • Additive manufacturing of PEEK and its composites
  • Innovations in orthopaedic bearings
  • Bioactive PEEK composites
  • Spinal rods and artificial disc applications
  • Formulations for dental, trauma, and arthroscopic implants
  • Structural composites and woven fiber applications
  • Biologic aspects of wear debris

Key Questions Addressed during the Conference

  • What are the existing gaps in the regulatory science of PEEK biomaterials applications and how can they be addressed?
  • What are the latest advances for additive manufacturing of PEEK and its composites?
  • What is the future role for PEEK in total knee arthroplasty?
  • What are the advancements in PEEK spinal implants?
  • How does PEEK wear under adverse tribological conditions?
  • What new PEEK technologies have recently emerged for bone ingrowth?
  • What is the future role for PEEK in dental and trauma implants?

Scientific and Organizing Committee

Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., Implant Research Center, Drexel University and Exponent, Inc.
Joanne Tipper, Ph.D., Leeds University
Katherine Kavlock, Ph.D., US FDA CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health)
John Bowsher, Ph.D., US FDA CDRH

International PEEK Meeting Programs

Invibio has been supporting the International PEEK Meeting since its inaugural debut in 2013.  We welcome you to download the programs from past meetings to learn about the research that has been conducted for implantable PEEK and its findings.

To learn more about implantable PEEK, please visit

  • Summaries of publications and reports dating back to 2006
  • Latest standards published by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • PEEK-related papers presented at conferences dating back to 2007
  • Additional Resources