Scott Rocklage – Healthcare Entrepreneur

Doctor Scott Rocklage is an entrepreneur, doctor, and inventor. He began his journey in the life sciences when he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley. He later received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more: Scott Racklage | Bloomberg

Rocklage has a plethora of healthcare management experience. He has been in the field of healthcare management for thirty years. His leadership experience in this field led to the FDA approving three new Drug Application. The drugs names were Omniscan, Teslascan and Cubicin.

His business experience includes time spent as the Chairman and CEO at Cubist Pharmaceuticals and President and CEO at Nycomed Salutar. He has also held multiple R&D positions at Catalytica and Salutar in the past.

Dr. Rocklage has also served as a Board Chairman for companies like Relypsa and Novira. Now Dr. Rocklage is the Board Chairman of Rennovia, Cidara, and Kinestral. He is also on the board of Epirus and Pulmatrix. These experiences have prepared him for his own entrepreneurial future.

In 2003 Dr. Rocklage became apart of 5 AM Ventures. He joined as a venture partner. He eventually became a managing partner in 2004. 5 AM Ventures is a life science venture capital firm. Like most venture capital companies, 5 AM Ventures is in the company formation business. This is usually considered the early stage of business development and the time 5 AM represents this early stage.

Dr. Rocklage entrepreneurial experience has provided him with a plethora of knowledge and experience. When asked in an interview the biggest takeaways from his business venture he emphasized two.

– “You do best when you control your own future through entrepreneurship not when

you choose to work for established Fortune 500 companies”

– “If you’ve hired the wrong person, move on relatively quickly and don’t think that

performance reviews and goals will change the fundamental nature of a person’s

performance characteristics.”

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