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The Broad Institute Overview

Cambridge, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
2004
Nonprofit Organization
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The Broad Institute brings together a diverse group of individuals from across its partner institutions — undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professional scientists, administrative professionals, and academic faculty.

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Mission: To propel the understanding and treatment of disease.


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Company Updates

  • Disease prediction is complicated. In a new Nature Communications study, researchers from the Broad, IBM Research, and Color find that a person?s genetic background influences the risk of familial hypercholesterolemia, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer in individuals carrying high-risk single-gene variants that predispose them to these diseases. The findings help explain why some genetically predisposed individuals do not develop disease, and suggest ways to more accurately interpret patients? genetic risk of disease?eventually, guiding more informed genetic counseling in clinical practice.

  • ?My ultimate career goal is to impact the world with my code.? In a #WhyIScience Q&A, Marianie Simeon, a computer scientist with the Data Sciences Platform, talks about her passion for coding, STEM education, and advocacy for the Black community at Broad.

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The Broad Institute – Why Work With Us?


Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was launched in 2004 to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.

The institute was founded to seize the opportunity that arose from the Human Genome Project the international effort that successfully deciphered the entire human genetic code. Despite that accomplishment, scientists knew they still lacked a clear understanding of the genetic basis of disease, and how to translate that understanding into more effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

To reach these goals, it was clear that a new type of research institution had to be created. The traditional academic model of individual laboratories working within their specific disciplines was not designed to meet the emerging challenges of biomedicine. To gain a comprehensive view of the human genome and biological systems, they instead had to work in a highly integrated fashion.

That meant working in nimble teams that combined biology, chemistry, mathematics, computation, and engineering with medical science and clinical research. It also meant working at a scale usually seen in industry, with access to world-class infrastructure. At the same time, this institution had to foster an atmosphere of creativity, risk-taking, and open sharing of data and research. Finally, this new model needed to seek collaborations beyond its borders.  

The Eli & Edythe Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard evolved from a decade of informal and successful research collaborations among scientists in the MIT and Harvard communities.

In 1990, the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research (WICGR) was founded, and it soon became an international leader in the field of genomics and a flagship of the Human Genome Project. As early as 1995, WICGR scientists recognized the need to bring the power of genomics to the understanding of human disease. It launched pilot projects in genomic medicine, forming an unofficial collaborative network among scientists from across MIT and Harvard who pioneered new approaches to cancer and human genetics.

In parallel, Harvard Medical School-based scientists established the Institute of Chemistry and Cell Biology (ICCB) in 1998, to facilitate the pursuit of chemical genetics as an academic discipline and a tool to further understand human biology and disease. In 2002, the ICCB was awarded an Initiative for Chemical Genetics (ICG) grant from the National Cancer Institute, and its successful Investigator-Initiated Screening Program facilitated small molecule screening projects for more than 80 research groups worldwide.

These projects demonstrated the power of enabling scientists to collaborate to tackle the major challenges in molecular medicine. It was clear that a new type of formal organization was required — open, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and able to organize projects at any scale. In addition, it was important that the complementary expertise of the genomic scientists and the chemical biologists across MIT and Harvard be brought together in one place to drive the transformation of medicine with molecular knowledge.

Discussions in 2002-2003 among Eli and Edythe Broad, MIT, Harvard and its affiliated hospitals, and the Whitehead Institute shaped the vision for this new institute. The extraordinary generosity of Eli and Edythe Broad, through their founding gift of $100 million (later doubled to $200 million) made it possible to formally announce the new institute in June 2003 and to launch it in May 2004. Less than four years after its launch, the Broads gave an unprecedented gift of $400 million in September 2008 to permanently endow the institute, providing long-term sustainability for its unique model of collaborative, inter-institutional research. In 2013, they committed an additional $100 million to empower Broad scientists to pioneer new research directions—a vital step in tackling the biomedical challenges of tomorrow.

Broad Institute is an “experiment” in this new way of doing science. It spans some of Boston’s leading institutions (Harvard, MIT, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals) and scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, medicine, computer science, and engineering). Today, the Broad community includes more than three thousand scientists, committed to advancing research in areas including infectious disease, cancer, psychiatric research, and cardiovascular disease.

Embedded in this new approach to doing science, are our values including:

  • Propelling the understanding and treatment of disease
    Broad Institute is empowering a revolution in biomedicine to accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease.
  • Collaborating deeply
    Broad Institute is a mission-driven community that brings together researchers in medicine, biology, chemistry, computation, engineering, and mathematics from across MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals, along with collaborators around the world.
  • Reaching globally
    Broad Institute is committed to addressing medical challenges across the world, including collaborating with scientists and public health experts to address important needs in developing countries
  • Empowering scientists
    Broad Institute fosters an environment in which scientists can take risks on bold ideas with transformative potential.
  • Building partnerships
    Broad Institute works to build and sustain international consortia to speed discovery in areas including psychiatric research, infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
  • Sharing data and knowledge
    Broad Institute is committed to making the extensive data, methods, and technologies it generates rapidly and readily accessible to the scientific community to drive biomedical progress around the world.
    (Read about our principles for disseminating scientific innovations)
  • Promoting inclusion
    Broad Institute believes that progress in biomedical research requires a fully inclusive community across sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and gender identity.

The Broad Institute is pioneering a new model of collaborative biomedical science to transform biology and medicine. To do that, we have created a unique community of amazing, creative people — “Broadies” — each with a passion for pushing scientific frontiers.

WHO WORKS AT THE BROAD?

Broadies have a diverse collection of talents, expertise, and backgrounds, creating a rich collaborative environment for solving intractable scientific problems.

BECOME A BROADIE

We are always looking for new team members to help us tackle important problems at the cutting edge of science. If ours is a community you would want to be a part of, then search our Career Center.

The Broad Institute provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, national origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, or gender identity.

Practical science: Jane Wilkinson shapes genomic research with collaborative approach 

Photo of Jane Wilkinson courtesy of Robert Fogarty, Dear World (projects.dearworld.me). 
 
Jane Wilkinson has not only ridden the wave of the genomic revolution, she’s been an ever-present force. Since 1993, she’s worked on some of the most groundbreaking and foundational projects in genomic research, from the C. elegans nematode genome, to the human genome, rice genome, and now into the new frontiers of clinical genomics and personalized medicine.
 
Once a team leader on the Human Genome Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wilkinson has gone on to impact countless genomic research studies as a leader at Broad Genomics, which has been one of  the largest producers of human genomic information in the world over the course of her tenure.
 
As senior director of Broad Genomics Alliance & Project Management, Wilkinson oversees project plans—determining how best to harness available technologies to extract data from biological samples—with a focus on collaboration and creative problem-solving.
 
In a #WhyIScience Q&A, Wilkinson talks about her career in genomics, what led her to it, and what has kept her engaged in the field over the years.
 
**Click here for the full article** 

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The Broad Institute Awards & Accolades

  • 2018 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine, 2018
  • 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine, 2017
  • 20 Top Companies for Work-Life Balance, Glassdoor, 2018
  • 2020 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine, 2020
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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