Darren Fast, Ph.D.

Darren Fast, PhD, is the President and founder of Solalta Advisors. Prior to Solalta Advisors, Darren was Chief Technology Officer at Lombard Life Sciences, the general partner of the Western Life Sciences Venture Fund LP, a Canadian-based Venture Capital fund, where he identified and evaluated more than 300 early stage technologies for investment. In addition to assessing and investing in technology, Darren was intimately involved in packaging companies for follow-on investment/exit, and in helping lead portfolio company development and commercialization activities. Prior to Lombard Life Sciences, Darren was Manager, Product Planning and Development at Viventia Biotech (formerly Novopharm Biotech) where he was responsible for the development of several human therapeutics projects. Darren led the project teams that moved these products from research into clinical trials. Darren has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Manitoba. Darren is located in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Photo by Dan Harper Photography

Professional History:

President - Solalta Advisors Ltd. 2005-present
Chief Technology Officer - Lombard Life Sciences Inc. 2002-2005
Manager, Product Planning and Development - Viventia Biotech Inc. 1996-2002
Post-doctoral Fellow - University of Wisconsin-Madison 1995-1996


Ph.D. Biochemistry - University of Alberta
M.Sc. Chemistry - University of Manitoba
B.Sc. Hons Biochemistry - University of Manitoba


Life Science Association of Manitoba
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Winnipeg Entrepreneur Exchange