5 AM Ventures Partner Scott Rocklage

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

Betsy DeVos: Her All Round Efforts to improve Education and her Political Contributions

Betsy DeVos is the current and 11th U.S.A Secretary of Education, a businesswoman, activist, and mother. She is married to Dick DeVos who is the former Chief Executive Officer of Amway Company and son of a billionaire and Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. Betsy and Dick DeVos have four children and five grandchildren. She was born into a family of conservative humanitarians and her father Edgar Prince is the founder of the Prince Corporation while her brother Erick Prince, a former United States Navy Seal, is the founder of Blackwater USA. Betsy attended Holland Christian High School and later on graduated from Calvin College where she received a BA in Business Economics. Betsy was brought up in a Christian home and was a member of the Christina Reformed Church in North America. She is currently a member and elder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

Betsy DeVos currently served as president of Windquest Group, which was founded in 1989. The group is a privately held and invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Besty has been on several boards for business, nonprofit and political administrations including a foundation that she set up with her husband. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation was set up in 1989 and is aimed at promoting change in areas such as education.

 

Betsy’s mother, Elsa Broekhuizen, who was a public school teacher, sparked Betsy’s attentiveness in education. As she grew older and eventually sent her own children to school, Betsy was met by the harsh reality that not all children have equal chances to learn. She became involved in efforts to increase educational opportunities for students and options for parents. She worked as a school mentor for unprotected children in Michigan Public Schools for 15 years. As the U.S Secretary of Education, Betsy is determined to ensure she puts in place policies that provide quality education for all students.

 

She has been a participant of the Michigan Republican party since 1982 and has held several positions in the party since then. Between the years of 1992 and 1997, she worked as the National Committeewoman for Michigan. Between 1996 and 2000 she worked as the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The DeVos family was very involved in the re-election campaign of former president George W. Bush in 2004. During his time in office, Betsy served as Finance Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for two years.

 

Having being raised in a philanthropic home, Betsy has continued giving as she pursues reform. Apart from chairing The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, she is an active member of several national and local boards. Some of these boards include Mars Hill Bible School, Kids Hope USA, and The DeVos Institute for Arts at the Kennedy Centre and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Betsy strives to ensure that all parents and children regardless of their zip code are presented with the best educational options. This will ensure that each and every child is able to reach their full potential.

 

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Betsy Devos – Broadening Educational Opportunities for All American Schoolchildren

Betsy Devos, President Donald Trump’s choice to serve as United States Secretary Of Education, has devoted her career to passionate advocacy on behalf of American schoolchildren. For decades, she has been a vocal proponent of quality education for all students, regardless of race, geographic location, and socioeconomic status. Devos stands firmly committed to her principled view that an exceptional education is not an endowment for the privileged few, but a cherished right for every American child. For decades, she has been at the forefront of the formulation of innovative ideas and policy solutions to ensure that her vision becomes a reality.

Mrs. Betsy Devos appreciation for education was cultivated by her schoolteacher mother. It was deepened by her experience with children who have not enjoyed the level of educational opportunity to which she and her children were exposed. As an in-school mentor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she witnessed the challenges facing at-risk students and their parents. In her hometown, she noted the struggles of families contending with deficiencies in education opportunities and the fight to broaden the spectrum of those opportunities. She has also served on the board of two non-profits that advocate for expanded educational choice through vouchers and tax credits. In addition, as chair of the Michigan Republican Party, she formed a political action committee that sought to develop a network of charter schools in Michigan. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

In an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, Mrs. Devos discussed her optimism about the future of private school voucher programs in the United States. School choice programs are being implemented and expanded in state after state, are becoming increasingly popular among students and parents, and have particular appeal to minority populations. Devos believes that we do not have to be complacent with failing public school systems that are compromising the future of our children. As more Americans are becoming familiar with school choice, they are coming to the realization that there are viable alternatives to their child’s local public school.

Devos cites Florida’s school choice as one of her most prominent achievements. In Florida, the program has gained traction among politicians and the public; the program’s astounding success has enabled it to withstand all efforts to impede the continuity of the program. Mrs. Devos firmly believes that as long as policymakers can overcome partisan considerations, especially Democrats’ relationship with the teachers unions, the program will achieve this level of success in many more states.

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In her role as Secretary of Education, Mrs. Devos plans to work with President Trump to expand on the work to which she has dedicated her career. She will continue to promote opportunity, return education to the domain of the states and localities, and empower parents and children to maximize their education opportunities towards a brighter future for our nation.

Dick DeVos Reveals How Much His Family Has Donated to Charity

Dick DeVos runs and supports many charitable groups, alongside his wife, –Betsy. DeVos’ family is interested in helping the community in various ways. They invest most of their time and money in education, leadership, community development, art and human rights. Mr. DeVos recently revealed in an interview about the total donations from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. Dick and his wife have donated more than $139 million since they began their works of philanthropy.

Over the years, Mr. and Mrs. DeVos have faced public scrutiny as well as criticism for their contributions towards political causes. But most people aren’t aware that they give more to charitable organizations than to political groups. In 2015, Betsy and Dick DeVos made political contributions that amounted to $5.3 million. They offered more than $11.6 million to support charitable causes, within the same year. So why did Dick reveal these figures? He wanted to promote two virtues: Transparency and accountability. It had nothing to do with Betsy’s appointment as the US Education Secretary.

The Dick and Betsy DeVos family like to take part in philanthropic activities. They believe that the best way to build a better world is to give back to the community. The family’s foundation focuses a lot on education, especially the issue of school choice. Betsy DeVos has been fighting for reforms in the education system for many years. Dick has always offered her the support she needs to keep advocating for high-quality education. According to the couple, the government needs to make a few changes in the current education system. They believe that it would be great to allow all children to access education in their desired schools.

Aside from education, the foundation also supports art and culture. Betsy and Dick DeVos partnered with the University of Maryland to form the DeVos Institute of Arts. They want to nurture young artist and entrepreneurs through the programs they’ll offer at the facility. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also supports AFP, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, ArtPrize and several other organizations.

About Dick Devos

Dick DeVos Jr. is a philanthropist and entrepreneur. He lives with his family in Michigan. Dick holds a BBA from the Northwood University. He is the president of Windquest Group, an investment company based in Grand Rapid, MI. Also, he is Amway Corporation’s president. Richard “Dick” DeVos is the author of Rediscovering American Value. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sailing competitions.

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