Since 2004, Dr. Scott Rocklage has been a managing partner with 5AM Ventures, a company that is working to find solutions for a wide range of healthcare needs. With over 30 years of experience working in healthcare management he has helped 5AM Ventures to become a forward thinking life science company.
In addition to his business expertise, Dr. Rocklage has a solid science background. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and received his PhD in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While he was at MIT he had the chance to work alongside the Nobel Prize winning chemist Richard Schrock.
Prior to joining 5AM Ventures, Dr. Scott Rocklage held leadership positions with several other companies, including Chairman of Novra Therapeutics Inc.,Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, President and CEO of Nycomed Salutar, and Chairman of the Board at Cidara Therapeutics. Under his leadership at 5AM, FDA approval was given to three new drug applications, that include Teslascan, Omniscan, and Cubicin.
Dr. Rocklage takes a proactive approach in the business by helping entrepreneurs in the medical and scientific fields develop their ideas for new medicines. He firmly believes that in business you should utilize your strengths and capitalize on what you excel in.
He believes one area of medical research to watch is the ability to treat cancer by targeting particular genotypes and mutations. This has already led to breakthroughs in treatment and in extending patients life.
Dr. Rocklage has been the co-inventor or inventor of over 30 U.S. Patents and has penned over 100 publications. He considers his organizational abilities and his ability to set priorities as his most productive habits.
He’s not afraid to take risks but he also thinks that a business should stay true to itself. Why asked which book he would like for business leaders to read, he recommends “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t” by James Collins. Dr. Rocklage works out of the 5AM Venture Office in Boston, Massachusetts.
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