Scott Rocklage is playing a huge role in fighting genetic disorders that Expansion Therapeutics fights. In an effort to fight such disorders, Expansion Therapeutics has been raising Series A financing. The financing was lead by a number of organizations, including 5AM Ventures, which is Scott Rocklage’s company.
DM1, short for myotonic dystrophy type I, is one of the genetic disorders Expansion Therapeutics is committed to fighting. DM1 is one of the main causes of muscular dystrophy. The company’s fundraising efforts were successful, as it added over $55 million, all for the purpose of fighting DM1. This is important to Expansion Therapeutics because as of now there are no effective treatments out there for DM1.
About Scott Rocklage
Scott Rocklage is a doctor and he is a managing partner at 5AM Ventures. He studied at the University of California in Berkeley. Upon graduating college, he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He graduated from MIT in Massachusetts with a Ph.D. in chemistry. While studying at MIT, he carried out research in Noble Peace Prize winner’s, Richard R. Schrock, laboratory.
Scott Rocklage has been with 5AM Ventures for over 14 years. He became a Venture Partner of the company in 2003. A year later he became a Managing Partner.
The doctor has a tremendous amount of healthcare management experience. In fact, he has over three decades of experience. One of his major accomplishments is for getting three medications approved by the FDA. The medications are Omniscan, Cubicin and Teslascan. He has submitted several other medications to trials and he has dozens of U.S. patents that he has either co-invented or invented.
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He stands among the wealthiest people in the world with a fortune of over $ 25 billion. George Soros is back to political giving after his political donations in 2004 that sought to un-sit president George W Bush. The billionaire investor has emerged and is backing the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. He donated over $25 million to the campaign of Hillary Clinton and other Democratic members. Close sources to the
billionaire said that he was to attend a convention where Hillary received her nomination as the presidential candidate for the Democrats. Sources close to him attributed his re-emergence with the political stakes with the year’s election. Additionally, his close relation and faith in Clinton also acted as a factor. Moreover, the fear of Donald Trump also catalyzed his emergence. He has, during many times, attributed Donald Trump with ISIS. Trump also posed a threat to matters of concern to the billionaire including the immigration reforms, religious tolerance, and criminal justice reforms. George Soros contribution to Hillary Clinton’s campaign got received with arms wide open. His contribution would catalyze donations from other wealthy individuals. In the span of the campaigns, George Soros committed $ 5 million to institutions that sought to fight the conservative efforts to restrict voting. Additionally, George Soros donated over $ 2 million to groups that mobilized minority voters. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.
After the re-election of President Bush in 2004, George Soros retracted from political spending and focused on supporting international philanthropic foundations. Through these foundations, he has donated over $ 13 billion over the past 30 years. Most of this money is funneled to institution fighting for human rights; expand the access to health care and education across the globe. Soros was also responsible for the launch of a donor club responsible for funding long-time fights such as combating climate change and income inequality.
According to interviews with the leading players and records brought to light by The Washington Times, George Soros was the man behind the Ferguson protests. He spurred the protests through years of funding and mobilization. Tax filings show that he donated at least $ 33 million to established groups that participated in the protests. George Soros philanthropic deeds, however, began in 1979. He started by funding the educations of blacks in the Apartheid South Africa. In 1984, he founded a foundation in Hungary. He continued by forming organizations that brought the establishment of democratic governments in countries that had previously been occupied by the Soviet empire. He was born in Budapest and survived the Nazi Germany occupation of Hungary. He immigrated to England and studied economics. Later, he moved to the States where through his knowledge, he has acquired his wealth. His struggle during his younger years contributes to his philanthropic activities. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.
Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Dick DeVos is an icon of support for the American Dream. He, along with his wife, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, shared that they have given $139 million in funds to the non-profit organizations which they support. Many of their funds go towards educational causes, showing clearly the great value that Dick DeVos places on education.
Dick DeVos wants every child to have the opportunity to move towards “the American Dream”: success, financial abundance, and full expression of individual talent. In the old educational paradigm, in which a child’s zip code determined the quality of his or her education, this was not realistic. Depending on location, public school educations varied widely. Some were lacking in areas that others excelled in. DeVos supports charities which close this gap and offer choices to students and parents. His belief that everyone should have an opportunity for excelling has led him to give over $3 million towards educational causes in 2015 alone. DeVos’ unique contributions include support for one of the country’s first Aviation-themed charter schools, which gives students the opportunity to study aeronautics and robotics in a supportive and rigorous environment.
It is clear that the DeVoses prioritize education. What also becomes clear, when I look at the pattern of their charitable donations, is that the couple values Arts and Culture. For example, in 2013 they gave $50,000 to the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids. They also used $22 million to launch the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. In addition to the arts, Dick DeVos has donated to many community organizations, civic groups, and health and human services causes. His charitable donations are widely varied and reflect his priorities and values.
As the son of Amway co-founder Rich DeVos, Dick is no stranger to philanthropy. His father instilled in him the value of giving. Rich DeVos and his four grown children placed 24th on the Forbes 2015 list of “most giving families”.
DeVos began his career in business in 1974, by working for his father’s company in various positions. After ten years he became the Vice President for branches of the company in 18 countries. He then left the firm and started his own business, the Windquest Group. In 1991 he returned to Amway, and became President of the company in his father’s place. Under Dick DeVos’ leadership, Amway restructured and grew. Soon after, DeVos shifted priorities and began investing more time in the Windquest Group.
One of the issues that philanthropists are faced with is how to help people. While they are trying to help people, they are often faced with the question as to whether or not what they are doing is actually helping. There are times when it is good to give people handouts. However, they are just band-aids on a deeper issue. For instance, a lot of people are still going to be faced with hunger even if they get a meal. A better thing to do is go to the root and give people opportunities and abilities to improve their situation.
One of the areas that need to be addressed is education when it comes to living situations. This is especially the case with poor communities. When people are living in poor communities, the education tends to be of sub-par quality. Therefore, the problem perpetuates itself. One of the issues that families are faced with is that they don’t have the means to get one to another district. One of the problems is that it costs money for people to go to school in another district. This is often money that families in poor communities don’t have. Fortunately, someone has seen this issue and has worked very hard to provide a solution to this issue. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
This person is Betsy DeVos. One thing that she sees is that these children had no control of where they were born. However, these children are not getting the care they need. Therefore, they learn about the world from other sources. These sources tend to be harder. However, Betsy DeVos does not want people to learn from the hardest teachers.
Betsy DeVos has made a lot of progress in her attempts to bring about school choice to students. She has paid a lot of money and worked with different nonprofit organizations in order to make sure that they are getting what they need to serve their people.
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