Dr. Scott Rocklage: Working On The Cutting-Edge Of Bio-Medical Breakthroughs

The managing partner of 5AM Ventures, Dr. Scott M. Rocklage, has spent more than three decades in healthcare management. Dr. Rocklage graduated from UC, Berkley with a B.S. in Chemistry and then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a PhD in Chemistry. He spent some of his time at MIT doing research in 2005 Nobel Prize winner Richard R. Schrock’s laboratory.

Since then, Dr. Rocklage has helped the drugs Omniscan, Teslascan and Cubicin gain FDA approval and got clinical trials for six other drug candidates. In addition to having his work appear in over 100 peer-reviewed publication, he’s the inventor or co-inventor of dozens of U.S. patents.

During Dr. Scott Rocklage’s long and illustrious career, he has held leadership positions and board membership in a wide array of biotech companies. They include Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Nycomed Salutar, Relypsa, Novira, Ilypsa, Miikana and Semprus.

He also worked in research and development with Salutar and Catalytica. Currently, Dr. Rocklage is on the directorial boards of Rennovia, Kinestral, Cidara, Epirus and Pulmatrix. In 2003, he joined Menlo Park, California based life science venture capital firm 5AM Ventures as a venture partner. He became a managing partner the next year. Read more: Scott Rocklage | Ideamesch and Scott Rocklage | Crunchbase

At 5AM Ventures Dr. Rocklage works with physicians, scientists and business executives on early stage company formation. He helps them transform their ideas into medicines that can potentially be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. He also collaborates with 5AM Ventures’ portfolio management team.

Dr. Rocklage is very excited about the explosive growth in the development of targeted treatments for specific mutations or genotypes that allow medical professionals to create new and better was to treat cancer. These developments extend, improve and save lives.

Some of the most important reasons for Dr. Rocklage’s productivity and success are his focus on organization, prioritization, time management and calendaring. Another thing that has helped is he is not afraid of measured risk-taking.

He feels that he does his very best work when he controls his own time and future through entrepreneurship rather than getting a job with an established Fortune 500 company.

Learn more about Scott Rocklage:

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David McDonald, OSI Group President

OSI Group, a global leader in food processing, acquired Baho Foods, a privately owned Dutch food producer of deli meat products and snacks serving retail brands and foodservice. According to the OSI Group president, David McDonald, the acquisition of Baho Food gave the company a wider presence in Europe. He further mentions that the Dutch food company products and brands match those of OSI. Thus creating an opportunity for OSI Group to meet emerging customer requirements and enlarge the company capabilities.

Baho Food has five firms with factories based in Netherlands and Germany, and serves clients in 18 European Nations. These subsidiaries have been operating for over 60 years. OSI executives and Baho Food managing director will develop and expansion strategy for the merged companies.

The current Baho Food executive director expresses his excitement for being a member of the outstanding global food dealer. He appreciates the customers and suppliers’ relationship that the OSI Group has created in its networks worldwide. With combined efforts, Baho Food will support customers better, besides offering a wider product portfolio. The collaboration is expected to accelerate expansion plan and support the company.

About David McDonald

David McDonald graduated in 1987, with a degree in Animal Science, from Iowa State University. He started his working career at OSI Industries, Chicago. With commitment and dedication, McDonald served in several capacities until he attained the current president and chief operating officer position.

The OSI CEO has interest in the management of resources and focuses on creating an impact in Iowa State. As an active individual in the Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative, he organized for a visit to OSI facilities in 2011. The official visit happened in the facilities based in China where several students attended. OSI recruited one of the students as an employee and offers several internship opportunities. The generous leader, McDonald, supports his community Alpha Gamma Rho through grants. In fact, he was among the key supporters at the Iowa State AGR house construction fundraising event. In 2004, the American Meat Institute board of directors’ chair received the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award. This served as a recognition for his outstanding affiliation with the alumni association.

Mr. McDonald, a former employee at Marfrig Global Foods S.A., also served as an independent director from 2008 to 2017, June. This came after the acquisition of OSI Group operations in Brazil and Europe by MarfrigFrigoríficos e Comércio de Alimentos. The current director of OSI International Foods Mr. McDonald serves as representative in the OSI Group board of directors.

 

Dr. Mark McKenna’s Career in Medicine and Entrepreneurship

\Mark McKenna is a medical doctor whose practice is located in Florida. He is a board certified and licensed doctor, with qualifications in medicine and surgery. Dr. Mark McKenna is not only a medical doctor, but also a passionate community servant. Originally from New Orleans, he is an alumnus of the Tulane University Medical School.

Immediately after graduating from University, Dr. Mark McKenna started practising medicine with his father. He worked with his father for a while before he decided to start his company called McKenna Venture Investments. The business was a real estate firm which was involved in real estate development and investment.

After several years, McKenna Venture Investments acquired and launched Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title, Inc. The new company went on to attract more than 50 employees, and a wide range of services. Some of the services offered by the company include design, financing and closing services.

McKenna’s business ventures were destroyed during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. He helped the community of New Orleans to rebuild and redevelop before he moved to Atlanta, GA. This was in 2007, and the idea to start ShapeMed was created. ShapeMed, a wellness medical practice, was later sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. While at the company, Dr. Mark McKenna was as its national medical director. In 2017, he founded OVME, a medical aesthetic practice, which uses technology to reinvent elective healthcare. He also serves as the company’s CEO.

McKenna sits on boards of various organizations. He has previously served on the board of the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He was also a board member of the New Orleans Industrial Development Board. Currently, he serves on the board of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

Personal Life

Apart from his business interests, Dr. Mark McKenna is also a family man. He is married to Gianine McKenna, with whom they have a daughter. They also have a four-year old dog. When he is not working, he loves to spend quality time with his family. He also enjoys reading, and participating in community development projects.