Remembering Eli Broad

Broad Directors with Broads at ISSCR 2019
Eli and Edythe Broad were honored with the 2019 Public Service Award at the meeting for the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in June 2019. Here, they are congratulated by the President of The Broad Foundation and the Directors of the Broad Stem Cell Centers at USC, UCLA and UC San Francisco. From left, Andy McMahon from USC, Gerun Riley from The Broad Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad, Owen Witte from UCLA, and Arnold Kriegstein from UC San Francisco (Photo by Jim Ezell)

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Eli Broad. Eli and Edythe’s philanthropy in the arts, science and education have been transformative.

Eli approached philanthropy with an investor’s instinct for maximizing his impact and a visionary’s intuition for sensing the next big thing. Eli and Edythe were long-time supporters of medical research in inflammatory bowel disease, which runs in both of their families. Wanting to do more, they first partnered with MIT and Harvard to launch the Broad Institute, then leveraged California’s public funding for stem cell research to create the Broad Stem Cell Centers at UCLA, UC San Francisco and USC. Their generous support laid the foundation for stem cell research at these three major California universities. The continuing investment of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has shaped the world-class regenerative medicine programs distinct to each of our institutions.

We will miss Eli, though his legacy continues in the research and teaching programs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, as well as in his many other lasting contributions to business and philanthropy.

Our warm wishes extend to Edythe, the Broad family, and all the colleagues at The Broad Foundation who have worked so closely over many years with Eli and Edythe.

Andy McMahon
Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC

Mentioned in this article: Andrew P. McMahon, PhD, FRS