Scott Rocklage – Businessman, Philanthropist and Inventor

Dr. Rocklage has worn many hats in his lifetime–philanthropist, business guru, an MIT graduate. You name it and chances are Dr. Rocklage has done it.

These days, he is a managing partner of a company, but not just any company–he actually worked as a regular employee for the same organization in 2003.

Dr. Rocklage’s genius isn’t limited to medical science, not by a long shot. He has an innate ability–a sixth sense, if you will–to not only dabble in different fields, but he’s far from a jack of all trades. Rocklage has mastered the most pertinent concepts that drive commerce: medical care, Venture Capital, and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Scott Rocklage, 61 years young, keeps himself busy these days–and busy is a huge understatement. He is currently a partner at 5AM Ventures, Chairman of the Boards of Semprus, Achaogen, and Relypsa, and also serves on the Boards of WaveRX, Varitation, Pulmatrix, the Whitehead Institute Board of Associates.

With high-ranking positions in so many memberships and board meetings, how does Dr. Rocklage find time to sleep at night? He accomplishes more in 24 hours than most people do in a lifetime.

Oh, and Dr. Rocklage also chairs yet another organization: the Boards of Cidara Therapeutics, Rennovia, Kinestral, Epirus, Plmatrix and many more. Needless to say, Mr. Rocklage is an extremely busy, important and, last but not least, a kind and energetic man.

His success in life so far has been nothing short of astronomical, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Previously, Dr. Rocklage was Chairman and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, he later became the President and CEO of Nycomed Salutar. Eventually he took leadership positions in the R&D departments of Catalytica and Salutar. A busy schedule is nothing new to him. Read more: Scott Rocklage | LinkedIn and Idea Mensch | Scott Rocklage

He ultimately chose to attend MIT, where he earned degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy and was part of the laboratory team which helped Richard R.Schrock to earn a Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Rocklage’s research and efforts has resulted in three brand-new pharmaceutical drugs for patients: Cubicin, Teslascan, and Omniscan. Also, he’s an avid inventor—he has over 30 patents and has over 100 medical publications to his credit.

Dr. Rocklage said that what excites him most about the future are medical advances, particularly in cancer patients but better health care in general. He is even more excited when the technology becomes available to scan certain mutations or genotypes that may lead to abnormalities or even cancer. Dr. Rocklage is excited for that technology to become reality, and he’d dedicated his life to that end.

He currently resides in Boston, MA.

George Soros Brings Progressive Values Back to Politics

The Open Society Foundations is the philanthropic arm of the work done by George Soros. Soros’ name conjures up many ideas and concepts, most of which depend entirely on what end of the political spectrum you exist on. Progressives happen to think that George Soros is one of the most important men in politics and that is definitely a reasonable stance to take, particularly if you are a fan of how his work has helped to shine a light on injustice everywhere. One such case of injustice was located in Ferguson and Soros had a direct hand in bringing attention to the matter.

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The Ferguson Protests galvanized the nation as people watched on, stunned by what they saw. When Michael Brown was shot by Officer Wilson it immediately opened up a can of worms: was there a problem with increasing police brutality against minority suspects? The Ferguson Protests were loud and covered on the media by nearly everyone and this is thanks in large part to George Soros. Soros believes in the fundamental importance that grassroots activism holds. Through the Open Society Foundations we have seen that Soros is more than willing to put his money where his mouth is in order to bring issues to light.

So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Soros put more than $30 million of the Open Society Foundation’s money into grassroots activism in and around Ferguson. Kenneth Zimmerman, the director at the Open Society Foundations, was more than apt in his appraisal of the situation: “Helping groups combine policy, research and data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.” Of course, the right wing brand of government probably doesn’t agree — particularly because it is Soros subtly guiding the hand behind it all. Read his profile at Business Insider.

No matter where you stand on George Soros, and most people seem to stand with him, you can’t ignore how he has affected the political landscape. The 2016 Presidential Election, which was a bizarre reality show in its own right, featured George Soros returning to a prominent political role. Soros is a devout progressive and he saw the very real danger in a GOP control presidency. So this caused Soros to step back into the political arena and put his money back where his priorities lay. Soros threw in with Hillary Clinton and went on to back many of the major Democratic politicians all throughout the country.

To put things simply, George Soros knew that the stakes were simply too high to sit idly by and let someone like Donald Trump become President. As a result he would go on to donate almost $25 million to a variety of different Super PACs in order to get attention to the things he felt were important. Soros gave $2 million over to the American Bridge 21st Century, $7 million to the pro-Clinton Priorities USA Action, $5 million to Immigrant Voters Win, and $5 million to Voting Rights Trust. Soros is one of the few billionaires out there willing to fight to help the little man. Read more on NYTimes.com.

A Political, Entrepreneur and a Philanthropic Family- Dick and Betsy De Vos

Betsy DeVos started her career as a politician and an activist at a very young age. I first engaged myself in politics when I was still a student at Calvin College, and I have been able to remain dynamic until now. For six years I held the position of a chairlady at the Michigan Republican Party, and I have been involved in a variety of party organizations, campaigns as well as political movements committee. The transformation runs in our family, in the 2006 my husband Dick DeVos was nominated by the Republican Party to run for the governor’s position for Michigan. We are also involved in business, and our aim is to look for advanced resolutions to issues affecting people socially. My husband and I founded Windquest Group, a company that has capitalized in clean energy, technology as well as the manufacturing industry. Besides business and politics, i am involved in charitable and non-profitable activities. I am the chairlady of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation a charity.

About Dick DeVos

I was born in October 1955, and I am the oldest son of my parents. My father Richard DeVos was a co-founder of a private company Amway Corporation. From a tender age, I was passionate about politics and entrepreneurship. I started my career at Amway Corporation, and I held various positions in the numerous departments of the company. The organization has its operations in more than 18 countries and 1984 I was promoted to the post of the Vice President. Later in 1989 I left Amway Corporation to establish my company Windquest, an organization that ventures in the manufacturing and marketing of storage and closet organizers. My father Richard appointed me in 1991 to manage the National Basket Associations Orlando’s Magic Basketball Franchise.

I not only engage in politics and business but I am very much involved in benevolent activities. My foundation Education Freedom Fund was started with a primary purpose of assisting the less fortunate students in Michigan by awarding them with scholarships. I am also an author and my book “Rediscovering American Values” is one of the New York’s best-selling books. I am honored to be a national champion of sailors two times, a skilled jet craft and a helicopter pilot. I graduated from Northwood University. I am blessed to have a lovely family my wife Betsy and my seven children.