Scott Rocklage – PhD and Serial Entrepreneur

Scott Rocklage is a PhD with an excellent business and scientific background. He joined 5AM Ventures in 2003 as a Partner, and became a managing partner in 2004.

With over three decades of management and leadership experience, he is making a huge impact in the medical community. Three FDA drug approvals, and several new drug applications indicate his commitment to the industry and his craft. Read more: Scott Rocklage | Ideamesch and Scott Rocklage | Crunchbase

His vast leadership roles include CEO and Chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Board Chairman for Relypsa, and Board Chairman of Rennovia to name several. His industry experience is quite extensive and impressive. His professional footprint is recognized throughout the industry.

Dr. Scott Rocklage also has an impressive educational background as well. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to achieve his PhD in Chemistry from MIT. There, he led the way in laboratory research in a Nobel Prize winner’s laboratory. His office is now in Boston, MA.

Looking back at his life, Scott Rocklage knew he wanted to achieve great things even at a young age. He also knew that it takes an education to rise to the heights. His drive to get the best grades possible, throughout his school years, paid off in helping him get into a good college.

With an education in place, commitment and opportunity, the result was a meteoric rise through the chemical industry, and venture capital later in life.

Scott’s company, 5AM Ventures commits itself to helping early-stage life science companies get off the ground. Their approach is hands-on, and they invest to build companies that will realize a successful return.

Learn more about Scott Rocklage:

https://thebrotalk.com/bro-bio/bro-bio-enigmatic-mysterious-life-dr-scott-rocklage/
https://scottrocklage.wordpress.com/

Betsy DeVos: From Charity to Secretary of Education.

Betsy DeVos burst on the scene in Washington D.C. seemingly out of nowhere. For years she had labored as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, a spot of prestige but not one of much public recognition. In appointing Betsy DeVos to the Secretary of Education position, Donald Trump lived up to his promise of bringing outsiders into Washington D.C. Betsy DeVos’s appointment rocked much of Washington D.C. due in large part to how unexpected it was. However, as you will soon read, the move was as calculated as it was effective. Betsy DeVos comes into Washington D.C. armed with an outsiders toughness and an insiders ability to effectively plot the course to the actualization of change.

 

When Betsy DeVos was appointed to the position of Secretary of Education, many people in the public simply shrugged their shoulders. DeVos never made much of a public footprint during her years in Michigan politics, but she had established herself as a champion for the school choice system that had been touted by Milton Friedman. In fact, thanks in large part to DeVos’ hard work, Friedman’s concept of the private-choice school system had become closer to reality than it ever had been before.

 

A sit-down conversation with Betsy DeVos about her goals in Washington D.C. reveals a laser-focus and a calm demeanor. DeVos clearly cares deeply about the rights of families and their student children to find the best educational opportunities available. In a sitdown session with Philanthropy Roundtable, DeVos espouses how her heart broke for children struggling in poorly-funded and poorly-maintained public schools. DeVos went on to explain how a chance meeting at a private-choice school changed her perception completely. DeVos says, “When Dick and I had school-age children ourselves, we visited the Potter’s House Christian School.” DeVos cites this experience as a formative one in her pursuit of improving education on a more national scale, while also reducing the involvement of the government.

 

Of course, DeVos didn’t go straight from the Potter’s House Christian School into the political arena. She first worked alongside a pair of 501(C)(3) charities which included the Children First America and American Education Reform Council. Betsy and her husband, Dick DeVos, used these experiences to lay a foundation from which they’ve continued to build on their knowledge and expertise. With Betsy DeVos in the ear of President Trump, this experience can be rendered into real change.

 

 

http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos