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A biomedical engineering student and faculty team from Johns Hopkins University that developed a system to make spinal surgery more successful in patients with osteoporosis will ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell today.

A Johns Hopkins graduate who was also on the team and now attends the University of Pennsylvania Medical School will also join in the ringing of the bell. The Nasdaq closes at 4 p.m.

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The team won the $20,000 Michelson Grand Prize in the 2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition. Patients with osteoporosis have softer bones which can cause spinal surgical screws to fall out, the team found. They developed a system to strengthen the procedure and make it less likely for screws to wiggle loose.

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