Founded in 2001, Invibio is a biotechnology company which develops materials and polymers for medical applications. To date, over 13 million people have benefited from the implants they produce.
The company’s ‘PEEK-OPTIMA’ polymers have a good biocompatibility to human bones. Some formulations are blended with carbon fibres to make them stronger, so they can match the stiffness of human bone. Other variations integrate Hydroxyapatite, a calcium-based mineral which makes up to 70% of bone. Including the material in a surgically-implanted support encourages bone regrowth, speeding the patient’s recovery.
These polymers are also metal free, reducing the the risk of allergic reactions. Compared to their metal equivalents, implants made from the polymers are more biocompatible, lighter weight, and also warmer!