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Wharton Business Plan Competition Winners (WBPC) to Ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell




Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC) winners, Cortical Concepts, consisting of students from the University of Pennsylvania and The John Hopkins University, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square.

Cortical Concepts has developed a device for use in spinal surgery that increases the strength of fixation in osteoporotic bone.

In honor of the occasion, members of the winning team and representatives of WBPC will preside over the NASDAQ Closing Bell.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and The John Hopkins University are NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation partners.


  • Stephanie Huang, team leader, Cortical Concepts
  • Jason Hsu, team member, Cortical Concepts
  • Christopher Komanski, team member, Cortical Concepts
  • Evan Luxon, team member, Cortical Concepts
  • Nicolas Martinez, team member, Cortical Concepts
  • Jay Khanna, team advisor, Cortical Concepts


NASDAQ MarketSite -- 4 Times Square -- 43rd & Broadway -- Broadcast Studio


Monday, August 23rd, 2010 at 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET 


Peter Winicov

Senior Associate Director

Wharton Communications

(215) 746-6471

Phil Sneiderman

Senior Media Representative for Engineering/Technology

Office of News and Information, The Johns Hopkins University

(443) 287-9907

NASDAQ MarketSite:

Robert Madden

(646) 441-5045

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About Cortical Concepts:

Cortical Concepts is a team of four Johns Hopkins University master's degree students who graduated recently after completing a yearlong program offered through the university's Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. Working with clinical sponsor A. Jay Khanna, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the team developed a system to make spinal surgery more successful in patients with osteoporosis. The inventors have applied for a provisional patent and are seeking to move the technology toward clinical use. Joined by Stephanie Huang, who earlier earned a bachelor's degree at Johns Hopkins, the student team won the $20,000 Michelson Grand Prize in the 2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition.

About Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC):

The Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC) is among the leading university-run business plan competitions. The WBPC was launched in 1998 by the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club and is now part of Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, which co-manages the event with a specially selected student committee. The WBPC is open to all students at the University of Pennsylvania and, since its inception, has drawn over 150 student teams each year, comprising nearly 400 participants from Schools across the University of Pennsylvania.

About NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation:

The mission of The NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation is to promote learning about capital formation, financial markets and entrepreneurship through innovative educational programs. It was established in New York City in 1994 and is supported entirely by contributions from The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.


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