California Life Sciences announces 2024 FAST California Discovery Awards Partners


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 23, 2024 — California Life Sciences (CLS), the state’s most impactful life sciences trade association, announced our 2024 Discovery Award partners, supporting aspiring life-science companies and entrepreneurs who are driving scientific innovation in California. The winners of the Discovery Awards will present at our Innovation Showcase, taking place in December.

Chiesi FAST Discovery Award:

Companies and academia who are developing innovative platform technologies for treating rare diseases, especially those working on in-vivo gene editing or in-vivo gene therapy technologies with novel delivery systems, are encouraged to apply for the newly launched Chiesi FAST Discovery Award. The winner will be selected to participate in the CLS FAST 2024 Fall cohort.

Servier FAST Discovery Award: Companies and academia who are developing innovative therapeutic approaches in the areas of oncology and genetically driven neurodegenerative and movement disorders are encouraged applied for the Servier FAST Discovery Award. The winner will be selected to participate in the CLS FAST Fall cohort.

Wacker Biotech Discovery Award: Companies developing pDNA and/or mRNA-based therapeutics and biopharmaceutical technologies are encouraged apply for the newly launched Wacker Biotech Discovery Award. The winner of the competition shall receive in-kind credits at a value of $100,000 to work with Wacker Biotech and an invitation to pitch at the CLS Innovation Showcase in December.

About FAST California: FAST California is a state-wide program hosted by California Life Sciences that provides founders of disruptive innovative life science technology companies with a customized advisory program to perfect their business models, assess strategic focus, maximize IP and help develop a milestone and scale-up plan to exit. Visit to learn more.

About California Life Sciences: California Life Sciences (CLS) is the state’s most impactful life sciences membership organization, advocating for the sector and its diverse innovation pipeline. For more than 30 years, CLS has served its 1,200+ members by supporting companies of all sizes, from early-stage innovators and startups to established industry leaders in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology. CLS also works closely with universities, academic and research institutions, the investment community, and other critical partners that promote this vibrant sector. With offices in South San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, CLS works to shape public policy, improve access to breakthrough technologies, educate lawmakers, and advance equity within our ecosystem by championing innovative solutions for some of the most pressing challenges of our times. In doing so, CLS fulfills its mission to protect and nurture California’s life sciences industry, empowering discoveries that lead to healthier lives around the world.