The Innovation Institute Facilitates Innovation Day for Mater Dei High School High School Students and Teachers

The Innovation Institute hosted an Innovation Day for 80 Mater Dei High School students and 10 teachers on April 5 at its Innovation Lab in Newport Beach, Calif.

IMG_7567 (Large)Lab staff presented workshops to help students and their teachers find the “innovator inside.” They were given instruction on how to design and build ideas, and were guided through a process to discover, define, build, test, and iterate a product idea.

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“Our students and teachers were thrilled with the opportunity to learn about innovation, especially when it is aligned with God’s purpose and methods,” said Mater Dei Principal, Ms. Frances Clare.

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Students present creative product pitches to judges and their peers.

Sr. Diane Hejna, CSJ, vice president Mission Integration for The Innovation Institute, said, “This is a great program and we plan to continue to roll it out across high schools to inspire students to seek improvement and change in the world through innovation.”

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(from left) Mater Dei High School Dean Kathleen Immel; Sr. Diane Hejna, vice president Mission Integration, The Innovation Institute; and Joe Randolph, president and CEO, The Innovation Institute.

“It was great having the students visit our Lab, and I was very impressed with their engagement and creativity,” said Joe Randolph, president and CEO, The Innovation Institute. “I’m sure there are future doctors and inventors in the group, and I look forward to what they will accomplish,” he added.

On March 17, The Innovation Institute presented at St. Joseph’s Academy, a high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in association with The Innovation Institute’s member owner Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

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(from left) Marc Habib, director of Operations & Product Development, Innovation Lab, speaks to students about their idea together with Dean Immel and Sr. Diane Hejna.

About Mater Dei High School

Mater Dei High School, located in Santa Ana, California in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area is a coeducational Catholic high school dedicated to the development of the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, morally, psychologically, socially and physically while at the same time recognizing the rich diversity of students’ cultural and social backgrounds. Mater Dei admits students of any race, sex, color, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Mater Dei is celebrating 65 years and is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

About The Innovation Institute

The Innovation Institute is an independent, for-profit LLC structured to cultivate innovative solutions to transform healthcare delivery. The Innovation Institute is owned by non-profit health systems. This collaborative taps into physicians, employees, and industry business partners to incubate and commercialize new medical products and ideas. Comprised of three distinct elements – an innovation lab, an investment fund, and a shared services group (Enterprise Development Group), The Institute strives to “do more, with less, for more people.” For more information, visit