David Broad was born and raised in Plymouth, England. He obtained a bachelor of science degree and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of London, where he also spent six years doing postdoctoral studies.
After that, he joined the biotechnology industry, initially in process development, then manufacturing. He worked at Celltech in England before moving to Cell Genesys in San Francisco. In 2000, he joined Idec Pharmaceuticals based in Torrey Pines. Here he led the startup of its large-scale facility in Oceanside. This was sold to the world's leading biotechnology company, Genentech, in 2005. Broad went with the facility, where they produced such breakthrough anti-cancer drugs as Avastin for colorectal, lung and breast cancer, and Rituxan for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Broad retired in 2008 and is now active in the MiraCosta Community College Foundation as its vice president and president-elect. He is very passionate about ensuring access for everybody to a good, affordable education.
Broad met his wife, Tina, in London, and they have been married 30 years. They have one son, Joseph, who is 19. They came to the U.S. in 1993 and are very proud to be citizens.
What brought you to Rancho Santa Fe?
We moved here nine years ago from San Francisco.
What makes the Ranch special to you?
I love the fact that all the houses are unique and the area is established with very diverse and beautiful vegetation.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in Rancho Santa Fe?
Improve the traffic flow on the Del Dios Highway.
Who or what inspires you?
The students at MiraCosta College inspire me. Many have to overcome adversity to ensure they get a good education so they can improve their lives. They do this with tremendous commitment and resilience. It's one of the things that makes America great, the drive of its people to improve and the availability of a chance to improve. It is also very rewarding to see a scholarship we have raised enable a student to complete their studies.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading the "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan. It's a science fantasy epic, consisting of 12 books. I'm currently on book 10. The last book will be completed by someone else as the author sadly died before it was finished.
What is your most prized possession?
Our photos. I'm in the process of making a written and photographic history of our family for my son.
What do you do for fun?
I'm totally into sports. I played rugby until I was 30, then soccer. Now I run. I watch English soccer (Chelsea) and World rugby (I saw South Africa play New Zealand in Cape Town last year). I am also a big San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
Still being married to the same person.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
I have four key things I believe in:
1) Value people.
2) Do things right.
3) Continually learn and improve.
4) Work hard, play hard.