About the Broads

Portrait of Elie and Edythe Broad, seated together and holding hands Eli and Edythe Broad | Courtesy of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Eli and Edythe Broad | Courtesy of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

In 2007, renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad, along with his wife, Edythe, donated $20 million to UCLA through The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to fund stem cell research. In recognition of the gift, our center, formerly known as the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine at UCLA, was renamed the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA.

The Broads’ remarkable generosity enabled our growing center to recruit world-class researchers, secure sizable grants from external agencies and train hundreds of young scientists and clinicians through our Stem Cell Training Program. 

Since this initial gift, the Broads have provided additional support totaling more than $13 million to accelerate innovative research at the center. These resources continue to enable our researchers to develop new, life-saving treatments for a range of diseases, from cancers to immune disorders, contribute breakthrough discoveries in basic science and create tools and technologies to advance their fields.

"This center further establishes UCLA as a pioneer in the field of stem cell research, which holds great potential to dramatically improve the human condition."

Eli Broad

In total, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has contributed $113 million to our center and the Broad Stem Cell Centers at UC San Francisco and University of Southern California. The Broads’ philanthropy has made California a leading center of stem cell research in the country.  

Through The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which was founded in 1999 to pursue entrepreneurship for the public good, the Broads have devoted their multi-billion dollar fortune to improving public schools, sharing contemporary art with the public and supporting leading-edge biomedical research aimed at improving human health.

Today, Edythe continues this visionary philanthropic work — along with Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation President Gerun Riley — after Eli passed away at the age of 87 in April 2021.

“As a businessman Eli saw around corners, as a philanthropist he saw the problems in the world and tried to fix them, as a citizen he saw the possibility in our shared community and as a husband, father, mentor and friend he saw the potential in each of us,” Riley said. 

To learn more about Eli Broad’s many accomplishments as a philanthropist and businessman, visit EliBroad.com.