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Dr. Steven Kurtz and Students Attend the 2022 Combined UHMWPE, PEEK, and Polymer Implant Additive Manufacturing Conference

June 28, 2022

Kurtz_Students_PEEK Conf_2022Dr. Steven Kurtz, research professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and director of the Implant Research Center, and several students traveled to the 2022 Combined UHMWPE, PEEK, and Polymer Implant Additive Manufacturing Conference, held in Torino, Italy on June 23rd–24th. Over 120 attendees from across Europe and the US attended the conference, which was hosted by the Implant Research Center of Drexel University, the University of Torino, and Exponent, Inc. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together engineers, scientists, regulators, and clinicians from academia, industry, and government to present leading edge research on advancements in medical grade UHMWPE, PEEK, and the rapidly growing field of polymer implant additive manufacturing technology.

In addition to UHMWPE and PEEK, the Combined Meeting broadly showcased point-of-care additive manufacturing of implantable polymers, and attracted abstract submissions from the entire PAEK family, as well as 3D printable HWPEs and other implant polymers that are being exploited by 3D printing, such as EVA and PPSU, in addition to bioresorbable polymers, such as polylactides and polycaprolactones. Skye Goldman, a Drexel undergraduate co-op student, received a travel grant to help cover some of her travel costs. All of the students who attended learned a lot and had a chance to have some networking and life experiences that would have not been possible otherwise.

From left to right: Cemile Basgul (post-doc), Abigail Tetteh (PhD student), Dr. Steve Kurtz, Tabitha Derr (PhD student), Dan MacDonald (lab manager), Hannah Spece (post-doc), Aliza Rabinowitz (PhD student), and Paul DeSantis (PhD student).