Scott Rocklage joined 5AM Ventures in 2003 and became the company’s Managing Partner just a year later. Before he was put into this position at the company, he worked at several healthcare companies, including Cubist Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1994 to 2003. In his more than 3 decades of experience in healthcare management, he has worked with many doctors, scientists and pharmacists, and he has been credited with inventing over 30 patents.
He completed some of his studies at the University of California, earning a BS degree in Chemistry, then went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his PhD degree. His PhD studies were done under the guidance of the Nobel Prize-winning Chemistry professor, Richard R. Schrock.
His position at 5AM Ventures allows him to work with medical entrepreneurs, as well as business executives. He helps them shape their innovative ideas into medicines that can be used to treat patient’s unmet medical conditions. 5AM Ventures, which was started 15 years by John Diekman and Andrew Schwab, offers early stage investments to its clients, and Scott Rocklage explained that the company’s name reflects the fact that it is a business that is considered to be in its early stage.
Aside from being in his leadership role at 5AM Ventures, Scott Rocklage also sits on the Board of Associates at Whitehead Institute, which is a non-profit educational institution for biomedical research, and he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers. He credits his success to his ability to manage time in a well-organized way, and to the fact that he always pushes himself to keep learning and growing.
He says that the trend that he is most excited about presently is the ability to target specific mutations or genotypes, which is something that will allow doctors to treat cancer in unique ways. He feels that this trend will continue to improve in the future, and will extend people’s lives.
Scott Rocklage said that his advice to future entrepreneurs is not to be afraid to take risks. He currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with his wife, Patty, and has 3 adult children.
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