Scott Rocklage Looks Forward To Transforming 5AM Ventures

Scott Rocklage has a vast experience of up to three decades in healthcare management experience coupled with strategic leadership responsibilities. He has been Chair and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, CEO and President of Nycomed Salutar, and also served in the positions of R&D at Salutar and Catalytica. He formerly served as Chairman of the Board at Novira and Relypsa (NASDAQ:RYLP). Presently, he sits on the board of Pulmatrix (NASDAQ:PULMA); Rennovia, Kinestral, and Cidara; as well as Epirus (NASDAQ:EPRS). Dr. Scott attended the University of California and received his B.Sc. in Chemistry, and MIT where he earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry. He is an inventor, and co-inventor of more than 30 patents and has over 100 publications.

In 2003, Scott joined the 5AM Ventures and later on, in 2004, went on to become a managing partner. Since 1994, Scott was the Chief Executive Officer to the Cubist Pharmaceuticals and oversaw development and approval of Cubicin (a new antibiotic treatment) by the FDA. Before joining Cubist, Dr. Scott had managed the development of other two pharmaceutical products that were approved by the FDA. At then, he acted as the CEO of the Nycomed Salutar, Inc.

When Scott joined 5AM Ventures, he was in a team of three other investment professionals who had founded the 5AM Ventures from Bay City Capital in 2002. Within the first year, the firm invested in six biotech companies: Celscia Therapeutics, Miikana Therapeutics, Kalypsys, Symyx Therapeutics, Ambrx, and Alexza. The managing partner, and founder of the 5AM Ventures, John Diekman, Ph.D., was very proud of the addition of Scott, especially in their early stage investment team. He was full of praise for Scott for having successfully overseen the authorization of three US NDAs, involvement in the building of infrastructure to help in drug launches, and for establishing secure pipelines to cater for development. Diekman believes that the successful operational experience of Scott would be of significant value addition to their existing, and future companies. Scott was made the Executive Chairman of the Miikana Therapeutics, and they were already finalizing on putting him in another similar position in another portfolio firm.

Scott Rocklage, having known the founder of the 5AM for over 15 years, expressed his excitement in joining such a proficient team of entrepreneurs, and investors. He said that he was looking forward to making significant contributions based on his experience to help in the advancement of the 5AM’s portfolio of inspiring and innovative biotechnology ventures. Scott Rocklage has been able to lead teams raising more than $500 million, including the IPO of Cubist Pharmaceutical and several other successful follow-on financings.

About 5AM Ventures

5AM Ventures is a leading early-stage fund that is focused on coming up and building companies that are based in biotechnology. The Ventures support firms working to solve essential healthcare needs through cutting-edge discoveries in science and medicine.

Mike Baur Devoted to Helping Swiss Startups

Mike Baur is the co-founder and managing Partner of Swiss Startup Factory. The company was founded in 2014 and aims at creating global companies that conduct business in a manner different to the existing rules, products, and business models. The company is Switzerland’s leading privately run early stage ICT Startup Accelerator.

The firm offers a three month program that provides startups with a number of vital services. Investors setting up a business are provided with financing, coaching and mentoring to assist them start the addition, they are provided with office space and given access to a wide network of other entrepreneurs. The company is committed to turning startups into global firms through the provision of all the required services. Swiss Startup Factory, through its startup accelerator program, is helping new companies in Zurich expand rapidly by using an approach completely different from the current norm.

The highly successful Swiss entrepreneur has worked in the banking industry for over 20 years.

In January 2016, Mike Baur became the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest, a leading platform for Swiss High-Tech startups. The firm supports new investors by value-added activities for start-up companies in the high-tech sector. He is also the director and co-founder of Swiss Startup Association. The firm specializes in providing a more start up friendly environment through an improved legal, regulatory and tax environment for startups in Switzerland. The company also seeks to increase social and political awareness of the startup environment in the country.


His other leadership positions have been in such firms as Innovation Lab Fribourg, a company that provides avenues for student entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. At the company, he served as Vice President. He also worked as Head of Private Banking at Sallfort Privatebank AG where he worked as Head of Private Banking. Besides SSUF, Baur has also founded other companies such as think reloaded AG and Baur IS. He also worked as Head of Private Banking Switzerland at Clariden Leu. For more than seventeen years, Mike Baur worked in various leadership positions in UBS before leaving in 2008 to join Clariden Leu.

The veteran banker is proficient in English, Deutsch and Französisch. The University of Rochester New York graduate a master’s degree in Business Administration. Additionally he has an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. He uses his vast experience, skills, and resources to enhance youth entrepreneurship in Switzerland and devotes his efforts to supporting their startups.


The business journey of Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler

While many women in the United States may hardly know Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler, they know about their business. Ressler and Goldenberg have founded top fashion e-commerce platforms known as TechStyle and Fabletics. They have worked together to create the most interesting piece in the business world. People that have engaged with the services have seen huge discounts on their clothing. Discounts from the company come through subscriptions to the company’s membership plan.

Many people today enjoy the vision of Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler in establishing the company. As many individuals begin shopping online, they are always on the lookout for the best discounts. The TechStyle group has made it such discounts available through their online membership platforms. Discounts and offers by shopping with the company has won the hearts of many.

TechStyle Fashion Group is simply an online subscription service which focuses on fashion retailers and accessories on Forbes. It focuses strictly on jewelry, denim, handbags, and shoes. The company offers a personalized shopping experience for members highly interested in fashion. TechStyle Fashion has seen the creation of other subscription companies such as Fabkids, Fabletics, JustFab, and ShoeDazzle.

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TechStyle has received massive funding from its investors and partners. In August 2014, it received funding close to $85 million. The funding was led by the Passport Special Opportunity Fund. Other participants in the online e-commerce platform such as Technology Crossover Ventures, Matrix Partners, and Shining Partners took part in an additional funding. Together, the companies were able to generate close to $250 million to fund and grow the business. Such funding has seen a rapid expansion and growth of TechStyle. The company has moved to open its offices in multiple locations. It plans to open other stores in the coming years.

Don Ressler is one of the founders of TechStyle. He a businessperson behind various e-commerce firms available today. His first business startup was known as Fitness Heaven. Intermix Media later purchased the company. It was during this time that Ressler partnered with Adam Goldenberg, the then holder of Intermix Media. The two combined forces to form Alena Media.

While the long business journey of Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler started in 2001, the two had previously known each other for some time. Adam and Don have shown to have similar passions in the e-commerce platform. The two have started business platforms together, succeeding in every company or platform they establish.