Polyethylene Technology for Artificial Human Joints

Dr. Ronald Salovey of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering developed high-performing and long-lasting crosslinked polyethylene technology for artificial human joints. The technology was licensed to a major orthopedics company, which uses it in two of its hip prosthetics. The technology consists of advanced polymer materials that improve hip reconstruction for patients, providing an orthopedic structure that is more wear resistant without compromising mechanical integrity over traditional materials.

The company’s product was the first ever FDA-cleared cross-linked polyethylene in orthopedics, and is superior to conventional polyethylene, as it reduces the need for revision due to wear related issues.