Albert Einstein once said, “A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so.” To ensure that young scientists have the opportunity to make their marks, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has given a $2 million gift to The Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

The gift will establish a series of Broad Fellows, exceptional senior postdoctoral researchers at the transition point to starting their own laboratories. It will also support core research facilities and innovative projects at USC, home to one of only two dedicated university stem cell research centers in Los Angeles.

“This generous gift ensures that USC’s stem cell research center will continue to attract the best and brightest emerging talent, and encourages their pioneering work as they transition into the next stage of their careers,” said Andy McMahon, PhD, FRS, director of The Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. “The fresh views that come from younger scientists have always been the lifeblood of innovation.”

To nurture the next generation of star scientists, the gift provides ongoing support for the stem cell center’s state-of-the-art core facilities in imaging, therapeutic screening, flow cytometry, and stem cell isolation and culture — which also benefit researchers across the university.

The gift also enables strategic investments in the innovative research projects that will become tomorrow’s clinical advances in regenerative medicine.

The Broad Foundation’s generous investment comes at a critical time, when government research dollars for young researchers are in short supply. In this tough climate, the gift will ensure USC remains a destination for the next generation of pioneers in regenerative medicine and stem cell research. This will benefit not only the university and its young researchers, but also patients who will reap the rewards of future stem cell-based cures.

Philanthropic leaders in biomedical research as well as many other fields, Eli and Edythe Broad created USC’s stem cell research center with a gift of $30 million to the Keck School of Medicine of USC in February 2006.

A renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies over a 50-year career, Eli Broad is the founder-chairman of both SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home (formerly Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation). He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

“We believe that the promise of stem cells — and the research underway at USC — is limitless,” said Broad, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Keck School. “For us, this is an opportunity to advance essential research in hopes of finding new treatments for the many diseases that are still untreatable.”

— Cristy Lytal