SCOTT ROCKLAGE: THE INSPIRING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL AND ENTREPRENEUR

Dr. Scott Rocklage has achieved a great milestone in his health management career and in business. He is truly an inspiration to those in the biochemical research industries and entrepreneurs all over the world.

Currently, he is the managing partner at 5 AM Ventures. The sixty-one-year-old Boston based doctor is an impressive academician with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Scott received the received from the University of California and a doctor of philosophy degree in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of technology.

His Achievements

In addition, to heading 5 AM Ventures, he also serves as the chairman of the numerous boards including the board of; Achaogen, Relypas, Semprus, Kinestral, Cidara and Rennovia therapeutics. He also sits on different boards and has served as CEO and chairman of various companies including; Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Miikana and Ilypsa and Nycomed Salutar among others.

Due to Dr. Rocklage vast experience in healthcare management and strategic leadership he has been part of the approval of three drugs in the U.S by FDA namely; Cubicin, Teslascan, and Omniscan. He has also entered many drug candidates into clinical trials. He has invented, and co invented more than thirty patents and has more than a hundred peer reviewed publications.

5AM Ventures

His company, 5 AM Ventures name, was coined from the fact that it helps businesses in their early stages of formation.

The firm is based on life science management and Dr. Rocklage role is to study life science aspects and work with entrepreneurs such as business executives, scientists, physicians in the life science line and to help them come up with potential drugs that can meet the many needs in the medical field.

For companies that hope to come up with solutions that can solve the healthcare needs then, 5 AM venture is the company to consult. The company uses modern techniques to prevent, diagnose and treat different medical problems and uses these advanced techniques to support start-ups. Read more:  Scott Racklage | Crunchbase

The company also has professionals in various fields that ensure businesses that partner with the firm are accorded the necessary help and managed well. The use of the hands on approach by Dr. Rocklage has helped 5 AM Venture succeed and invest in the right companies and opportunities.

What Inspires The Good Doctor

The recent advancement in cancer treatment excites the doctor, and he is happy that today’s cancer patient’s lives can be extended if not saved due to the use of new treatments that target specific mutations in cancer patients. He emphasizes that people play a great role in the success of businesses and advises entrepreneurs to look for individuals who can perform.

Scott is not afraid of taking calculated risks, and he attributes success to entrepreneurship. He is inspired by his favorite book Good to Great, and he is glad that he attended Massachusetts Institute of technology which gave him a foundation for his career.

A Review of Dick DeVos’ Philanthropic Activities

Though Dick and Betsy DeVos are acknowledged for their huge political donations, their contributions to charity continue to raise eye brows. The DeVos family has donated a total of $139 million since they started giving to charity.

 

A Review of The Donations By the DeVoses

 

When Betsy DeVos was nominated as the U.S. Education Secretary, she was questioned about her contributions towards school choice causes, and to Republican candidates, during the vetting process.

 

A publication on the DeVos Family Foundation site shows that in 2015, the DeVos couple gave away $11.6 towards charitable contributions. This is more than twice the amount the couple had doled out in political donations over the past five years.

 

The DeVos family has been actively involved in Republican politics for years. This tradition of giving to the community was established by Dick’s dad, Rich DeVos. The senior DeVos and his four children donated to charity a total of $104 million. This landed the family in the 24th place on Forbes’ list of “America’s Top Givers”. Forbes further estimated the family’s lifetime contributions to be worth $1.33 billion.

 

In 2015, the Dick and Betsy DeVos channeled more than $3 million towards educational causes. The DeVos foundation further awarded $357,000 to groups that supported the idea of education reform.

 

Dick’s Work History

 

In 1991, there was a plan to build a multi-purpose convention and sports arena in Grand Rapids. At that time Dick DeVos was working at Amway Corp, his family’s company. DeVos started campaigning against the Grand Rapids’ program. He was concerned that the convention centre would have negative consequences for the residents of downtown Grandrapids. His campaign led to the establishment of the Grand Action, a committee of business leaders who were behind the construction of the DeVos Performance Hall, DeVos Place Convention Center, Michigan State University’s medical school, Grand Rapids City Market, as well as Van Andel Arena.

 

Dick DeVos later became the CEO of Amway Corp between the years 1993 to 2002. DeVos lobbied for the 2012 law that allowed the employment of individuals who were not members of labor unions.

 

In 2006, Dick DeVos and his wife donated $12.5 million towards the construction of a children’s hospital named after the wife of the Amway co-founder, Richard DeVos.

 

Education reform is among the biggest initiatives by Dick DeVos. He is the founder of a charter high school dealing in aviation and that was established in Grand Rapids International Airport.

 

Dick DeVos has not always been successful in swaying the opinion of the public towards his philosophies. In 2000, DeVos proposed an amendment of the constitution to promote tax-funded vouchers for students attending private schools. Voters rejected this proposal on a massive scale. A few years later, Dick run for governor and lost to Jennifer Granholm. However, the DeVoses did not give up. They later shifted their ideals to other regions of the country. According to Betsy DeVos, the District of Columbia and 24 U.S. states currently use vouchers for private schools.