FAST Advisory Program


Program Sponsors


Session Sponsor

FAST Video Sponsor 

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Since launching in Fall 2013, FAST program cycles have generated over 3400 advisory hours valued at over $890,000 for the 34 companies who have been through the program. Since participating in FAST, these companies have raised over $160 million and created over 130 new jobs, more than doubling their workforce. Twelve of these companies have secured Series A investments, 6 have concluded strategic partnerships and 2 have successfully exited.

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.

2017 FAST Program
Application to the FAST program is on a rolling basis.

Spring 2017 FAST Timeline
January 27, 2017– Application deadline for the Spring 2017 FAST session
February 15, 2017 – Spring 2017 FAST participants announced
March 21, 2017 – Program starts
June 13, 2017 – Spring FAST Showcase


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

Fall 2016 FAST Companies
Amaryllis Nucleics
Empire Biotechnologies
Rex Animal Health

Previous FAST Companies

Spring 2016
Circularis, Inc.
Eidos Therapeutics
Paragon Genomics, Inc.
Shasqi, Inc.
Fall 2015
Cairn Biosciences
Ziteo Medical
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
Keith Bley
Miro Brajenovic
Michelle Chen
Julie Cherrington
Nipun Davar
David Davidovic
Anthony DeLizza
Stephanie Diaz
Howard Edelman
Steven B. Engle
June Fallon
Anthony Fashana
Becky Foster
Kate Garrett
Ran Geng
Charles Gluchowski
Karl Handelsman
Rick Harkins
Joel Hayflick
William Hodder
Ed Hurwitz
Jill Iacopi
Michael Imperiale
Gregg Jackson
Jeff Johnson
Sunil Joshi
Mark Kaufmann
Richard Kho
Frederick Koenen
Thomas Kreck, MD
Will Kruka
David L. Lacey, MD
Ritu Lal
Christine Larson
Richard Lawn
June Lee
Gail Maderis
Ori Maller, PhD
Helen Mancebo, PhD
Graeme Martin, PhD
Jennie Mather
Ann Mead
Chris Meda
Zak Megeed
Luane Meyer
Thorsten Melcher
Prasun Mishra, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Misrach Mitiku
Vivek Mittal
Nick Mordwinkin
Nalini Murdter
Alpana Naresh
Dave Nellesen
Michael O’Donnell
Laura Parmer-Lohan, MBA
Rahul Pathak
Victoria Reade
Jenny Rooke, Ph.D.
Wouter Roorda
Terry Rosen
Tito A. Serafini, Ph.D.
Premal Shah
Heather Shane
JC Simbana
Edward Spack
David Spellmeyer
Julie Taylor
Alex Tilson
Amy Toro
Cathy Tralau-Stewart PhD 
Girish N. Vyas, Ph.D. 
MJ Whitehouse
Samuel Wu