Medical Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship

One-of-a-kind opportunity to work alongside OC's top leaders

Providing the next generation of STEM leaders the multidisciplinary skills needed to thrive in the biotech entrepreneurial world. Students will work alongside OC's top leaders in innovation, medicine, science, and law. Students will learn adaptability, resilience, and problem solving through project-based coursework by solving real-world unmet pediatric clinical needs.

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Student Testimonials

All that I have to say is that the MIRE program was an excellent experience. Everyone was nice, supportive, understanding, and fun. I had a great time and an unforgettable experience.

Fernanda S.
Spring 2023

MIRE helped me collaborate with others and learn to create professional pitches! This was a great experience for me to learn and grow!

Kaylee T.
Spring 2023

I want to say that this program was amazing, and it helped me learn so much. I enjoyed interacting with my group, and using my problem-solving skills.

Mariam G
Fall 2022

I loved this program, I learned so much about all the different aspects of medical research and developing a medical product or device. This program was a great opportunity for me, so thank you to all that made it possible.

Nimrat K.
Summer 2022

My favorite part about the program was the problem section portion because they provided a list of problems accompanied by testimonies of specialized CHOC individuals who explained what the problem was and how it impacted their patients.

Gupta L.
Summer 2021

Collaborating with new people and expressing our creativity to solve real-world problems was the most rewarding for me.

Alyssa N.
Summer 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll?

Please contact the respective person below.

Coastline ROP - Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport-Mesa, Saddleback Valley, and Tustin Unified

Rachel Kreger, Program Assistant at Coastline

E: | T: 714-429-2254

College and Career Advantage (CCA) - Capistrano and Laguna Beach Unified

Jillian Dean, Instructional Coach at CCA

E: | T: 949-735-4314

North Orange County ROP (NOCROP) - Anaheim, Brea Olinda, Fullerton, Los Alamitos, and Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified

Jeff Beasca, Instructional Programs Administrative Assistant

E: | T: (714) 502-5893

When does the class meet?

During the Spring and Fall class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00pm - 6:30pm.

During the Summer class meets Monday to Thursday from 9:30am - 2:30pm.

How long is the program?

The program runs for 10-weeks during the Spring and Fall and is 3-weeks during the Summer.

Is there an enrollment fee?

Because you are enrolling through your respective ROP programs, there is no enrollment fee.

Will I receive credit?

You will receive 2.5 UC-transferable units.

Who are the industry speakers?

Speakers from our previous sessions include:

George Tolomiczenko - Executive Director at Merkin Institute for Translational Research

Nadine Afari - Manager of Research Programs at CHOC Children's Hospital

Neil Sahota - IBM Master Inventor at United Nations AI SME

Andrea Loewendorf - Immunologist, CEO at ImmunoVation

Louis Ehwerhemuepha - Senior Data Scientist at CHOC Children's Hospital

Sanjay Shrivastava - Senior Director, Business Development at Johnson & Johnson

Jiaxiao Zhang - Patent Attorney

Ryan Foland - TedX Speaker, Co-Author of Ditch the Act

Educator Testimonials

Rachelle Blinoff-Mudd
A great opportunity for students to connect with biotech industry professionals and it gives students a good perspective on all the possible careers paths within biotechnology.
Carolann Baldridge
It was incredible to see the students really open up, innovate, collaborate, and critically think with other students, and to really watch them interact with professionals in the field was an incredible experience.

MIRE Partners