Scott Rocklage Reforms in the Healthcare Sector

Scott Rocklage joined the California-based venturecapital firm 5AM Ventures in 2003, and by 2004, he became its Managing Partner. The company, which was started in 2002 by John Diekman and Andrew Scwab, offers early stage investment opportunities to its clients. Rocklage said that the company is called 5AM Ventures because of the fact that 5:00 am represents an early time of the day, and since his firm specializes in early stage investments, he felt that the two things were appropriately related.

 

Before he joined the 5AM Ventures team, he served as CEO and Chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals from 1994 to 2003. He has spent more than 30 years in the healthcare management business, and has had a number of peer-reviewed research papers published. He has also been credited with being the inventor of over 30 patents in the U.S. And he is a board member at Whitehead Institute, which is a non-profit organization that’s involved with biomedical research.

 

Dr. Rocklage graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a BS degree in Chemistry. Then, he received his PhD in Chemistry from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT. Some of the studies in his chosen field were done under the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Richard R. Schrock.

 

Over the years, Rocklage has been employed with several healthcare companies, where he was either CEO, Chairman or President. This is what helped gain him the experience to be in a managing position at his current company. At 5AM Ventures, he works with entrepreneurs that include, physicians, scientists and business executives. He assists them with turning their ideas into medical treatments that can meet patients needs.

 

He credits his good organizational skills and his ability to manage time well as being what makes him successful and effective in his line of work. He says that he’s always pushed himself to keep learning and growing.

 

When the doctor is not hard at work attending meetings and managing 5AM Ventures, he spends his time with his wife, Patty, in their home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The couple has three adult children. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/scott-m-rocklage

Securus Technologies Keeping Prisoners and Officers Safe

My job as head of security inside our state prison is a very challenging one. There is not a day that goes by that I do not have to deal up close with some of the most violent criminals in the country, many who would think nothing of putting me down. Many of these violent offenders are serving life sentences, so hurting or killing an officer would not add any time to their sentence, more the reason we have to be especially careful every second we are on the job.

 

In order to try to stay as safe as possible, me and all the officers in the jail will go to extreme lengths to keep any drugs out of the facility. Inmates under the influence are especially problematic because now it takes a bigger show of force to control them when they are high, and many will act irrationally when they normally are controlled individuals. These inmates will talk to each other about how easy it is for them to acquire drugs in jail, something we have been working on changing this year.

 

When we first sat down with the team at Securus Technologies, we didn’t know what to expect. Their new inmate call monitoring system was already up and running in thousands of other jails, we needed to see it in action and decide for ourselves if it could help lessen violent episodes in our facility. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, says that his 1,000 employees are committed to helping us and everyone to make the world safer.

 

Within days of the system running and the LBS software being installed, we were surprised how officers no longer needed to be sitting listening in to inmates use the jail phone. Now the software did all the work, while we focused on pressing issues.