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FAST California / International Showcases 20 Companies!

Culminating a very full fall in which CLSI provided advisory services to 36 early-stage companies from across California and the world, the second virtual FAST International Showcase on December 15 featured 20 company presentations to an audience of over 170 attendees.

Companies from California, Canada and Scandinavia presented on their technologies, and later joined breakouts to network and delve deeper with Showcase attendees. They included:

FAST California



Navega Therapeutics

Sardona Therapeutics

Seismic Bio

Underdog Pharmaceuticals

FAST International | Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA)



Fluid Biotech

Mimosa Diagnostics 

Optina Diagnostics 



Specific Biologics

Vesalius Cardiovascular 

FAST International | Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME)





ResoTher Pharma

Our thanks to program partners, Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) and Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME) for sharing this innovation with California.

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. As of today, 79 California-based companies have collectively raised  over $1.5B – including 30 Series A investments – and have created 500 new jobs since graduating from FAST. Twenty have concluded strategic partnerships and six have successfully exited, of which two have gone public. 

This is due in part to our network of over 425 advisors, who have donated over 8000 hours valued at over $1.9B to these young companies. FAST is also made possible as a result of our generous sponsors: AbbVie, Alexandria Real Estate, Bayer, DLA Piper, Gilead Sciences, Roche, and Ximedica

Interested in our Spring 2021 Program?

Application to the FAST program is on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged, but no application for Spring 2021 will be considered after January 22, 2021. Apply here.

Spring 2021 FAST Timeline

January 22, 2021 – Spring 2021 FAST application deadline

February 15, 2021 – Spring 2021 FAST participants announced

March 22, 2021 – Program starts

June 24, 2021 – Spring FAST Closing Showcase