Scott Rocklage on taking risks and finding new medical treatments

Dr. Scott Rocklage has been a pioneer for the medical field for quite some time now. He has made a number of accomplishments including the FDA’s approval of three new drug applications under his leadership. They are Teslascan, Cubicin, and Omniscan. Scott is the proud inventor and co-inventor of 30 patents here in the United States. He is also the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications.


He is now a managing partner at 5AM Ventures. The specialize in helping life science companies in the early stages get their feet off the ground. Their offices are based in Menlo Park, California but Dr. Rocklage works at the Boston, Massachusetts office. He received his education at two colleges. Scott attended the University of California where he got his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Full steam ahead the doctor got his Ph.D in Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (also known as MIT).


Dr. Rocklage works with people from a variety of professions as entrepreneurs and business-executives to scientist and physicians to bring their ideas to life. They work together to find new treatments when trying to create solutions for patients unmet medical needs. There is a growing trend that targets specific genotypes and mutations to treat cancer in unusual ways. Scott finds this very exciting for the medical world. There is one habit that keeps this managing partner as productive as possible. He attributes this to be very organized when it comes to having a calendar, being aware of time management, and prioritizing only the most important things first. Even with being so organized, Dr. Scott Rocklage does not have the same routine each day like other professionals. Some days he may be attending board meetings for the company, or researching life science areas that are new to them. It all varies.


You have to take risks in life Scott says. How will you ever succeed at finding new treatments or starting a new business if you don’t try. It’s smart to do a good amount of research though to take a more educated and confident risk. With hard work and taking measured risks, Scott was able to succeed in the medical field.


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