9th Annual UHMWPE Conference

The Implant Research Center of Drexel University, the University of Torino, and Exponent, Inc., were pleased to host the 9th International UHMWPE Meeting, which convened in Philadelphia, PA, USA, on Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11, 2019.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together engineers, scientists, clinicians, and regulators from academia, industry, and FDA and present leading-edge research on advancements in medical grade UHMWPE technology and clinical applications. The focus of the 9th meeting was on advances in processing, crosslinking, and sterilization of UHMWPE; new methods of processing clinical and retrieval studies of highly crosslinked UHMWPE (HXLPE), with a special emphasis on the performance of thin acetabular liners and knee arthroplasty; novel UHMWPE articulations with ceramic and PEEK bearing surfaces; advances in Vitamin E and new antioxidant technologies for UHMWPE; advances in drug delivery from HXLPE.

Scientific and Organizing Committee Invited and Invited Speakers

President: Steven Kurtz, Ph.D.
Honorary President: Pierangiola Bracco, Ph.D.

Ebru Oral, Ph.D.
Orhun Muratoglu, Ph.D.
Gwo-Chin Lee, M.D.
Rainer Walkenhorst, Ph.D.
Mark Allen
Paul Allen

Organizer: Hannah Spece

The meeting convened at the historic Union League of Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by public transportation and the train station. It is located at 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Thank you to Celanese for supporting the 9th International Meeting as a Platinum Sponsor. We also welcomed the involvement of Stryker Orthopaedics, Lima Corporate, Orthoplastics, Quadrant Meditech, and Zzyzx Polymers as Bronze Sponsors.

Please contact Ms. Spece (hgs29@drexel.edu) if you have questions regarding the conference proceedings or future conference details.