A Look At The Career And Philanthropy of Dr. Scott Rocklage

Scott M. Rocklage, PhD is a Managing Partner at the venture capital firm 5 AM Ventures. He came to the company with over 30 years of experience in the field of healthcare management. Additionally, he is the Board Chairman for healthcare company Rennovia, Kinestral and Cidara. of He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to attend MIT where he earned his PhD in Chemistry.

During his healthcare career, Dr. Rocklage served at the executive level of a number of companies. He has been the Executive Chairman of Ilypsa and the Board Chairman at Relypsa as well as Novira. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. In addition to serving as the President and CEO of Nycomed Salutar he has worked in research and development at Salutar and Catalytica. Dr. Rocklage has led three drugs to FDA approval; Cubicin, Teslascan, and Omniscan. He holds over 30 patents that he is named either the inventor or co-inventor on.

At 5 AM Ventures, Dr. Rocklage provides his expertise on the life science companies that they are looking to invest in as well as their ongoing support of these new ventures. The company looks for those that are developing new approaches in the diagnosing, prevention, and curing of a variety of medical conditions. In addition to investing in these companies, 5 AM Ventures provides ongoing support by helping to develop the company’s strategy, business development, the recruitment of managers, and often serve as board members for these nascent firms.

In 2016 Dr. Scott Rocklage was approached by a former Department Head of Chemistry at MIT on if he would help provide funds for some of the needs that it faced. As a result of this interaction Dr. Rocklage and his wife, Patty, gave the department at MIT a large contribution that resulted in the renovations of the Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry nanochemistry lab space as well as the Moungi Bawendi nanotechnology lab space. A plaque has now been mounted in their honor inside of the lab’s vestibule.

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