From a Prominent Doctor to an Even More Successful Businessman – Scott Rocklage

Scott M. Rocklage has what many people related to the health industry never even attempt to get. That is the business knowledge that goes way beyond basics of what his Ph.D. degree has taught him. Currently, he is a managing partner for the 5A Ventures where he has been since 2003.


Dr. Rocklage got his B.S. Degree from the Univesity of California while his Ph.D. came from an IVY league school, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Berkeley and thus far has achieved numerous milestones. He was able to lead the effort of three different U.S. Drug Applications that resulted in FDA’s approval. Besides these, he still has active drug clinical trials that he has brought upon. Besides being a managing partner at 5AM Ventures. Dr. Rocklage has had a chance to be the Chairman and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, President and CEO of a company named Nycomed Salutar, and the list goes on.


While working for 5AM Ventures, Dr. Rocklage has been able to engage in numerous non-medicine oriented activities. For example, he has many days where his agenda is oriented on the portfolio of the company and board meetings that is not necessarily something a regular doctor would do.


Although there are business decisions to be made, Dr. Rocklage still enjoys everything his medicinal career has to offer. To this end, he is currently very excited about all the trends that surround the area of mutations or genotypes that treat cancer. He believes that there are improvements to be made in this field and the ultimate result can be millions of lives saved.


Some notable advice that he has for any newcomer to the world of business includes to be familiar with risk and take it as needed. Also, he favors working for a company that will utilize their strengths and focuses on them. Staying up to date with all the different trends that might be popular at any given moment is difficult to do without losing sight of the end goal.


Working on teams is the ultimate advice from this businessman as he believes all the important decisions should be made by a group.


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