Scott M. Rocklage joined 5 AM Ventures as a Venture Partner in 2003. In 2004, he became a Managing Partner. The Ph.D. holder boasts of more than three decades of management experience in the healthcare industry. One of the strategic leadership roles he has held includes the one that led to the FDA approval of three New Drug Applications in the United States – Omniscan, Teslascan, and Cubicin. Scott M. Rocklage has also entered multiple drug candidates into various clinical trials. He has worked as the CEO and chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, as well as the CEO and president of Nycomed Salutar. He has also held different positions in research and development both at Catalytica and Salutar.
During an interview with Ideamensch, Scott Rocklage was asked where the idea of 5 AM venture came from. In his response, he suggested that the idea and the name of the company originated from the fact that the firm is involved in the business of company formation that is seen as an early stage. When asked to describe his typical day, Rocklage said that he does not have one. The nature of his activities usually varies from one day to the other. For instance, he spends some days studying new areas of life in matters science, and in other days, he spends working with the management team of the company’s portfolio. Other days, he is preparing or attending board meetings. Rocklage does not seem to have a routine as far his working hours are concerned and resume him.
To bring ideas to life, Scott M. Rocklage works with entrepreneurs – physicians, scientists or business executives – to help them convert their ideas into potential medicines capable of treating unmet medical needs. The habits that have increased his productivity as an entrepreneur include proper time management, organization, and the ability to prioritize and Scott’s lacrosse camp.
Just like the majority of high profile entrepreneurs, Rocklage has one trend that excites him. For him, it is the huge growth witnessed in the ability to target particular genotypes or mutations to treat cancer in unique ways. As a result, many lives have been saved and extended, and more developments will be seen in the near future.
Mike Baur is among the leading entrepreneurs of Switzerland as co founder of the company known as Swiss Startup Factory. He helped start up this innovative company a few years ago and during its very brief existence, has emerged as one of the very best in Switzerland. The company helps business owners reach their full potential by giving them advice, coaching and mentoring. With this assistance, a number of businesses have been able to become more successful within a short period of time. Before Mike got involved in entrepreneurship, he spent a decade investing in startup businesses. This gave him the foundation to start up his own company. When Baur first began his career, he worked in the banking industry for two decades where he helped businesses secure funding on a regular basis.
Swiss Startup Factory has proven to be a very unique company that provides a number of benefits for entrepreneurs. The company organizes an event where entrepreneurs can pitch their business idea and have Mike and his company evaluate it. Upon approval, Swiss Startup Factory will then help businesses get what they need in order to achieve their goals. Swiss Startup Factory coaches, mentors and advises businesses on a number of things such as finance, marketing, management and product development. As a result, any new company will be in position to learn more about how to make themselves the best organizations in their respective industry.
Prior to startup up Swiss Startup Factory, Mike spent ten years investing in startup businesses. With this experience, Mike was able to learn more about how profitable these new companies can be. He would invest his own money in these new companies and receive a portion of their profits. During this time, Mike would consistently get a considerable amount of money in profits and was therefore in position to capitalize on the potential of startup companies on a regular basis.
Baur began his career working for a number of banks. When he was working in the banking sector, Mike spent a lot of time talking to entrepreneurs and business managers about financing. Since a number of these individuals needed funds to grow and expand, Mike would help them by giving them loans. With these loans, businesses would get a considerable amount of funding to help finance their operations more easily. By working in the banking industry, Mike would get critical experience working with startup companies which would eventually lead him to pursue entrepreneurship in the future.
The water at Squaw Valley has been consistently treated and is improving. There are four wells at the upper mountain, and three have no E.coli and low coliform levels, according to Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health.
Upper mountain restaurants are still closed, and skiers can’t drink the water until Squaw Valley is certain that the issue is taken care of. There have been no reported health issues, and top to bottom skiing is still allowed.
Liesl Kenney, the public relations director for Squaw Valley, also issued a complete statement on the behalf of the resort. She confirmed that a heavy rain in October affected several of the water systems in Placer County. The weather led to water system damage in the Gold Coast and High Camp regions of Squaw Valley. Kenney confirms that the water contamination issue is only specific to these two areas and affected water was never available to individuals staying at the resort.
Kenney also shares that the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County Environmental Health were contacted right away, as well as other water safety experts. The water will continue to be treated until it is completely safe to consume. Kenney also thanked the organizations who assisted in resolving the water issue in her statement.