Steve Broadbent, MBA

Chief Operating Officer
Critical Path Institute (C-Path)

Steve Broadbent is the Chief Operating Officer for the Critical Path Institute (C-Path), a non-profit organization formed by the Food and Drug Administration, SRI International, and the University of Arizona to accelerate the development of safe, innovative medicines.  This is accomplished by forming and managing seven consortia consisting of nearly 1000 scientists and clinicians from 41 bioscience and pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, patient groups, and academia to develop and qualify tools and processes for use in drug development. 

At C-Path, Steven is responsible for the daily operations of the organization as well as developing and implementing C-Path’s strategy and goals. He is also responsible for the organization’s finances, human resources, facilities, information technology, and personnel. Steve works with his team of Executive Directors to develop and execute the processes used in the biomarker qualification within the consortia and ensure successful qualification of safety and efficacy biomarkers, disease progression models, patient-reported outcome instruments, and other drug development tools.

Before joining the Critical Path Institute, Steve was an IBM executive with nearly 31 years of experience in storage product development.  He managed over 400 engineers in England, Israel, China, and the United States.  His organization was responsible for architecting, developing, testing, and supporting IBM’s largest and most complex disk storage systems, those used by top businesses and government agencies to store their most important data.

Steve joined IBM in Tucson, Arizona after graduating from the University of Idaho.  He began his career designing digital logic circuits to implement the high-speed error-correcting code algorithms for the first cartridge tape system.  After four years developing hardware, Steve was offered a management position and earned a reputation for developing high quality products on time and within budget.  He worked in the development lab on several different product lines, including high-end tape controllers, tape devices, automated tape libraries, midrange disk systems, and high-end disk systems, managing both hardware and software organizations.  He also spent a year in the marketing organization working directly with customers to develop IBM’s strategy and product line road maps.

Steven earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho in 1978 and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona in 2001.