Celebrating the Fall 2014 FAST Companies

Six compelling life science startups presented their companies to a distinguished audience of investors, life science startups and executives from all segments of the industry on November 20, 2014 at Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall at UCSF Mission Bay.  The Fellows All-Star Team (FAST) Pitch Showcase & Celebration marked the culmination of the Fall 2014 program during which the six FAST companies met with a high-level team of advisors specifically chosen to work with them over eight weeks to help strengthen their business model and commercialization strategy.

The acclaimed FAST program draws on a high-level team of advisors to provide experience, contacts and counsel to the selected startups.  BayBio has been delighted by the caliber of individuals from the Bay Area’s life science community who have stepped forward to work with the FAST companies.  A partial list of advisors and their bios can be found here.

“Our FAST advisory team gave us very insightful feedback,” remarked Seth Rodgers, CEO of NeuroSave. “Meeting regularly with this energetic team of experts was a terrific advantage as we prepared for our Series A round of financing. We are undoubtedly a better company after going through the FAST program.”

Of their advisors, Girish Vyas and Evelin Szakal of TheraBiol had this to say: “They all gave extremely important feedback, raised questions that we never asked, and helped us understand a lot about what we should concentrate on and how we would do it.”

To date, the three program cycles have generated over 1,300 advisory hours valued at over $340,000 for the 15 companies who have been through the program to date.  Since participating in FAST, they have raised over $20 million and created 25 new jobs.

The call for applications for the Spring 2015 program will open at the beginning of the year.  Those interested in applying for or serving as advisors/reviewers for the program should contact Steve Karp at FAST@baybio.org.

2014 Fall FAST Companies
Correlia Biosystems
SUMO Biosciences