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

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    • Additive manufacturing, PEEK, PAEK, composites, orthopaedic bearings, bioactive PEEK composites, spine, dental, trauma, and arthroscopic implants, structural composites and woven fiber applications, wear, debris
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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. 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 expected to be related to implantable PEEK and its composites.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DETAILS: Please download the MS Word Abstract Template from this webpage and use it to fill in your abstract (2 page maximum length). Late breaking abstract submission will close by midnight EST on January 31, 2019. Please download the abstract template and use it as a guide in your submission. Email your completed abstract to the conference chairman, Steve Kurtz ( Authors should be notified of the decision by late February

The 4th International PEEK Meeting will focus on identifying and closing gaps in the regulatory science for medical grade PEEK technology and clinical applications including:

 - Advances in the additive manufacturing of PEEK and its composites
 - Innovations in orthopaedic bearings
 - Bioactive PEEK composites
 - Advances in spinal rods and artificial disc applications
 - Advances in formulations for dental, trauma, and arthroscopic implants
 - Structural composites and woven fiber applications
 - Advances in biologic aspects of wear debris

Late breaking abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee for inclusion in the program, either as a podium presentation or poster.

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, 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



We are pleased to announce that Invibio will be supporting the conference.


Please contact Steve Kurtz ( if you have any questions about this meeting.