About Us

The National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR) at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) is dedicated to researching and developing the potential of composite materials for use in a wide variety of bioscience and medical applications including the manufacturing of orthopaedic implants.

Composites possess several notable characteristics which promise to enhance the performance of many medical devices. For many years, medical device manufacturers have suspected that the composite materials developed for use in the aerospace and aviation industries might prove superior for use in a wide variety of medical applications. CIBOR was established to provide that critical link between the two industries.

From our advanced research facilities in Wichita, Kansas, CIBOR draws upon the composites expertise of the city's well-established aviation manufacturing community and NIAR to deliver global leadership in the design and fabrication of composites-based medical technology. CIBOR is in the best position to research, design, test and bring to market the full spectrum of composite medical devices, ranging from hip and knee implants to bacteria-resistant surgical instruments to technologically advanced surgical tables and stretchers. The possibilities are endless.

CIBOR is jointly sponsored by Wichita State University (home of the National Institute for Aviation Research) and Via Christi (one of the largest health systems in the Midwestern U.S.)

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