Scott Rocklage joined the California-based venturecapital firm 5AM Ventures in 2003, and by 2004, he became its Managing Partner. The company, which was started in 2002 by John Diekman and Andrew Scwab, offers early stage investment opportunities to its clients. Rocklage said that the company is called 5AM Ventures because of the fact that 5:00 am represents an early time of the day, and since his firm specializes in early stage investments, he felt that the two things were appropriately related.
Before he joined the 5AM Ventures team, he served as CEO and Chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals from 1994 to 2003. He has spent more than 30 years in the healthcare management business, and has had a number of peer-reviewed research papers published. He has also been credited with being the inventor of over 30 patents in the U.S. And he is a board member at Whitehead Institute, which is a non-profit organization that’s involved with biomedical research.
Dr. Rocklage graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a BS degree in Chemistry. Then, he received his PhD in Chemistry from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT. Some of the studies in his chosen field were done under the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Richard R. Schrock.
Over the years, Rocklage has been employed with several healthcare companies, where he was either CEO, Chairman or President. This is what helped gain him the experience to be in a managing position at his current company. At 5AM Ventures, he works with entrepreneurs that include, physicians, scientists and business executives. He assists them with turning their ideas into medical treatments that can meet patients needs.
He credits his good organizational skills and his ability to manage time well as being what makes him successful and effective in his line of work. He says that he’s always pushed himself to keep learning and growing.
When the doctor is not hard at work attending meetings and managing 5AM Ventures, he spends his time with his wife, Patty, in their home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The couple has three adult children. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/scott-m-rocklage