Scott Rocklage on life science investments

Dr. Scott M. Rocklage is a Ph.D. holder. He acquired his B.S in chemistry from the University of California and his chemistry Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of technology. In 2003 Dr. Rocklage joined the 5 AM Ventures as a Venture Partner. In 2004 he became the managing partner. Dr. Rocklage has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare management and his strategic leadership qualities have seen to the approval of three United States new drugs applications by the Food and Drug Administration (Teslascan®, Cubicin®, and Omniscan™) and helped several drug candidates enter into clinical trials. Dr. Rocklage is an inventor and co-inventor of more than 30 United States patents and over 100 peer-reviewed issues.

 

Dr. Rocklage once served as CEO and president of Nycomed Salutar, CEO, and chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, chairman, and CEO of Nycomed interventional. He also held research and development positions in Catalytica and salutar. Dr. Rocklage previously served as the chairman of the board in Novira and Relypsa. And an executive chairman of Semprus, Miikana, and Ilypsa. Currently, he is the chairman board of Cidara, Rennovia, and Kinestral. He also serves on Epirus and Pulmatrix boards.

 

Dr. Rocklage started his life science-based venture business and named it 5 AM ventures because the company formation was thought to be in early stage. He spends most of his days studying life science and other days doing his managerial roles in various companies and works with entrepreneurs like physicians, business executives or scientist to help them shape their ideas onto potential medicine that will help to meet the medical needs that are unmet.

 

As a productive entrepreneur, Dr. Rocklage is well organized regarding calendaring, prioritization and time management. His most significant advice to his fellow entrepreneurs is that “you should not be afraid of taking measured risks for you do better when you have control of your future through entrepreneurship than when working for established companies. He also advises that if you learn you had hired a wrong person, move swiftly and don’t consider goals and performance review as the best way to change the person’s performance nature. According to Dr. Rocklage, web services and software do not have any impact on life science investing.

 

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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Migrant Rights Activists

There are hundreds of thousands of people who are illegally entering the borders of the United States every year. Some of them who are not lucky enough are being apprehended by the border police and being deported back to their home countries. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The reason why people from Central America, South America and the Caribbean wanted to live in the United States is because they wanted to escape the wars and poverty that has ravaged their homelands.

Luckily, when they enter the United States through Arizona, two men named Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are ready to help them. The two has been recognized as migrant rights activists, and they are assisting people who wanted to live in the United States for the better.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has been assisting the migrants through their private fund called the Frontera Fund. This fund has a total of $3.75 million, and they are using it to help the migrants look for a job and a place to live. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are also assisting these people to process their legal documents so that they won’t have any problems living in America.

Even if the present administration’s policy towards immigration became stricter, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin keeps on helping the people because they believe that migrants have the right to stay in the United States and experience a comfortable life away from the danger that they are experiencing every day in their home countries.

The Frontera Fund helped thousands of individuals since its establishment. The fund was the result of a counter lawsuit that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin filed against the Maricopa County.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded the Phoenix New Times when they were still in college. The business grew and it became one of the most well-known publications in the city of Phoenix. Back in 2007, the two were accused by the Maricopa County sheriff about posting sensitive information online, and they were arrested.

The accusation outraged the local media community and to show solidarity with the two, they posted the same information online. The judge found Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin not guilty, and dropped the case. The two then filed a counter lawsuit and won.

The money awarded to them is now being used for the welfare of the migrants, and those who were assisted before by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin is currently donating some of their money to keep the Frontera Fund alive.

Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821