Healthcare Executive And Investor Scott Rocklage

Scott Rocklage is a venture capitalist who has held managerial positions in the healthcare industry for more than 3 decades. His strong interest in medical research that can potentially lead to meeting the needs of those who suffer from diseases that have not been treated effectively is part of the reason why he works with physicians, scientists and entrepreneurs to help them turn their concepts into medicines that can make a difference in how these conditions are treated.


After serving as Chairman and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals from 1994 to 2003, Scott Rocklage later become a Managing Partner at a company called 5AM Ventures. He is the inventor of more than 30 American patents, and has published over a hundred research papers that have been peer-reviewed. He received his education in the area of Chemistry at the University of California in Berkeley, receiving a BS degree there. Then, he went on from there to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his PhD after being taught by Nobel Prize-winning Chemistry professor Richard R. Schrock. Learn more:


His success in the business world could be credited to his ability to stay organized and manage his time well. He’s said that he’s always pushed himself to continue learning and growing. When asked what medical trend he is most excited about, the healthcare executive stated that he has a big interest in scientists’ ability to target specific mutations or genotypes, which is a process that can be used to treat cancer in alternative ways. He says it’s a method that is already prolonging people’s lives and will improve even more in the future.


Scott Rocklage also serves on the Board of Associates at a non-profit biomedical research foundation called Whitehead Institute. The company he works for, 5AM Ventures, is a California-based firm that offers early stage investments to its clients, which is why it was given the 5AM name, according to Rocklage. The experienced businessman, who feels that aspiring entrepreneurs should never be afraid to take risks, resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with his wife Patty, and the couple has 3 adult children.

DeVos Shows a More Aggressive Demeanor in Private

Donald Trump recently signed a measure that rescinds the Obama-era policy that gave transgender students and teachers the right to use the bathroom they identify with. Before they were blindsided by the news, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of the Department of Education, met with representatives of transgender employees to inform them of the decision. She even reportedly went so far as to tell them that she opposes the president’s position on the matter.


This wouldn’t seem like a big deal to you if you have known DeVos for awhile. It is out of character, though, considering her attitude during her short tenure as secretary. So far, DeVos has been sort of a “yes man” within the Trump organization, at least publicly.


During a recent speech, DeVos said that the transgender bill that Obama signed was an overreach of the federal government’s powers. Her public position seems to waver from what she is telling her employees in private. So, what can we expect from her in the future?


To be fair, DeVos has only held the position for a few months, meaning she could become more aggressive over time as she gets more comfortable with her job and her colleagues. Those who know her best are surprised at her relatively meek manner so far as secretary. She is well known for being headstrong in fighting for what she wants in her home state of Michigan. It is important to point out that her beliefs fall in line when it comes to education fall in line with Trump on most issues.


Betsy was hand-picked by Trump as the secretary after developing a reputation fighting for charter schools and private school vouchers in her home state, both strong Republican positions. Charter schools are for-profit schools run by private organizations, while they still must follow state guidelines when it comes to education to be accredited. Vouchers would allow individuals as a sort of tax credit that allows them to use the money towards private school tuition.


DeVos was known in Grand Rapids, Michigan to be tireless in fighting for these two things. That wasn’t her only asset though, she also had her family’s opulent wealth to use as a tool. She is a member of the Prince family, one of the most wealthy and powerful families in Western Michigan. They made most of their money owning and operating the Prince Corporation, an automobile parts distribution company.


DeVos was born into a Dutch community near Holland, Michigan, a city on the coast of Lake Michigan. The Secretary was raised in a very strict Dutch Reform Christian church community, which is part of what drives her to champion school vouchers and charter schools. Heading the Prince Foundation and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, she is also very active in the local arts community.


You may have heard of her husband, Dick DeVos, thanks to his unsuccessful run for the Republican seat of Governor in Michigan in 2006. He too comes from an extremely wealthy family. The DeVos family has ownership in Amway, the biggest mail-order retailer in the world.


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