FAST Advisory Program

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Program Sponsors
AbbottAmgenJohnson and JohnsonLillyOnyx
Session Sponsor


FAST Video Sponsor 

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Since launching in Fall 2013, FAST program cycles have generated over 1,800 advisory hours valued at over $475,000 for the 20 companies who have been through the program. Since participating in FAST, these companies have raised over $48 million and created 68 new jobs.

The FAST Advisory Program provides select entrepreneurs with intensive team review and coaching to perfect their business model, product development plans, and to build a compelling commercialization strategy. Experienced entrepreneurs, product and business experts (which may include clinical development, regulatory, reimbursement and business development specialists) will advise selected Fellows during a ten to twelve week program, culminating in a Final FAST Showcase to a broad audience that includes potential investors and partners. The Fall 2015 FAST Closing Showcase and Celebration will take place on December 10, 2015 at Byers Auditorium, Genentech hall, UCSF.

Spring 2016 FAST Program
Application to the FAST program is on a rolling basis. We are currently taking applications for the Spring 2016 session. Early applications are encouraged, but no application for Spring 2016 will be considered after January 29, 2016.

Spring 2016 FAST Timeline
February 17, 2016 – Spring 2016 FAST participants announced
March 24, 2016 – Program starts
June 21, 2016 – Spring FAST Closing Showcase and Celebration

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Please mail your submission to or contact us via phone at 650-871-3269.

Fall 2015 FAST Companies
Cairn Biosciences
Ziteo Medical

Previous FAST Companies

Spring 2015
Magnetic Insight
Vanguard Therapeutics
Fall 2014
Correlia Biosystems
SUMO Biosciences
2014 Spring FAST Companies
Applied Molecular Transport
Ciel Medical
Nano Precision Medical
Whole Biome
Zephyrus Biosciences
2013 Fall FAST Companies
Glialogix, Inc.
Omniox, Inc.
Sandstone Diagnostics
Xcell Biosciences, Inc.

Advisors and Reviewers

Senior Program Advisor
Steve Karp
Reviewers & Advisors
Ramani A. Aiyer, PhD, MBA
Django Andrews
Fabrice Beretta
Karen Berry
Keith Bley
Sarah Bodary, Ph.D.
Miro Brajenovic
Michelle Chen
Jule Cherrington
Nathan Collins
Nipun Davar
David Davidovic
Anthony DeLizza
Stephanie Diaz
Howard Edelman
Steven B. Engle
June Fallon
Anthony Fashana
Becky Foster
Steven Green
Karl Handelsman
Rick Harkins
Joel Hayflick
Ed Hurwitz
Jill Iacopi
Michael Imperiale
Sunil Joshi
Mark Kaufmann
Richard Kho
Frederick Koenen
Thomas Kreck, MD
David L. Lacey, MD
Ritu Lal
Christine Larson
Richard Lawn
June Lee
Ann Mead
Chris Meda
Gail Maderis
Ori Maller, PhD
Helen Mancebo, PhD
Graeme Martin, PhD
Zak Megeed
Luane Meyer
Thorsten Melcher
Vivek Mittal
Nick Mordwinkin
Alpana Naresh
Dave Nellesen
Michael O’Donnell
Rahul Pathak
Ruben Rathnasingham Ph.D.
Jenny Rooke, Ph.D.
Wouter Roorda
Terry Rosen
Tito A. Serafini, Ph.D.
Premal Shah
JC Simbana
Edward Spack
David Spellmeyer
Andrew G. Spencer
Julie Taylor
Alex Tilson
Amy Toro
Cathy Tralau-Stewart PhD 
Girish N. Vyas, Ph.D. 
MJ Whitehouse
Samuel Wu