Category Archives: Philanthropy

The Illustrious Career and Community Involvement of Reno’s Josh Smith

Recently, students at High Desert Montessori in Reno, Nevada were given a new greenhouse by Great Full Gardens CafĂ© and Josh Smith’s Modular Greenhouses. They were also given some money to purchase seeds, soil, and planters. They now have an opportunity to cultivate food and be able to care for their fitness and health. Great Full Gardens have grand plans for the future; they intend to be purchasing the food grown at the school, prepare it and then serve it to their customers.

Modular Greenhouses has been able to donate greenhouse to the local Boys and Girls Club in Reno, Nevada. Its CEO, Josh Smith has great plans for the company. They plan to equip every nonprofit or school in Washoe County with a greenhouse by 2020.

Josh Smith is a Reno-based entrepreneur and CEO of various businesses in the sustainable and wellness field primarily in Reno, Nevada. His drive to make a constructive impact on the lives of people has seen him establish successful companies across many industries. Smith always ensures that his businesses embrace technology. He brings a new era of leadership that embraces positive change. His corporations achieve these by providing solutions and products that regenerate the environment and thus have a direct positive impact on humans.

Josh Smith is also an inventor. After going through a lot to purchase a greenhouse for his home, he came up with a modular-hinge house suitable for a residential home greenhouse. This greenhouse will allow many communities and families garden efficiently at home and produce pounds of organic foods. Mr. Smith leads a visionary lifestyle that will enable him to always look for solutions and thus have direct entries to the market. His businesses are always aiming at improving the socio-economic activities of humans.

Josh Smith has been an entrepreneur for over two decades. His areas of expertise have been, regulatory approvals, compliance, global operations, manufacturing, multinational import and export logistics, and customs procedures. Over the years, he has committed his life to give and care for children in the world. He founded a charitable organization that takes garden programs and greenhouses to k-12 schools across the US.

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Scott Rocklage: A Veteran Venture Capitalist in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Scott Rocklage’s track record since joining 5AM Ventures as a venture partner in 2003 is marked by milestone after milestone. He has overseen the company grown its drug research and manufacturing efforts as well as expanding its operations through investments in various firms including startups. These milestones have been accomplished through his dedication to scientific research, vast industry experience and a solid academic background.

He has overseen the growth of the company’s investment portfolio by investing millions of dollars in seed money and Series A investment in various pharmaceutical companies and startups such as Achaogen, Novira, Pulmatrix and Rennovia.

To safeguard 5AM Ventures interests and investments, he has been appointed as a member of the board of directors in these firms. Learn more about Scott Rocklage: http://chemistry.mit.edu/scott-rocklage-phd-2-and-his-wife-patty-are-celebrated-their-major-gift

Academic and Professional Profile

Scott Rocklage has accumulated over three decades both as a professional and an entrepreneur. His long journey in the industry began with a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley where he specialized in Chemistry. He later joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry.

Despite serving as a managing partner at 5AM Ventures, Scott Rocklage also serves on the board of several companies including Relypsa, Novira Therapeutics, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Epirus Biopharmaceuticals. This is in addition to his membership to the various companies he has invested in through 5AM Ventures.

Scott Rocklage served as the president of Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. from 1994 to 2001. This overlapped with his chief executive officer’s tenure, which ended in 2001. His duties at Cubist also overlapped with his tenure as the president and chief executive officer of Nycomed Salutar Inc. between 1990 and 1994.

Between 1992 and 1994, he served as the chief executive officer, chairman and president of Nycomed International Inc. He previously headed Catalytica’s research and development department while serving as the executive chairman of Ilypsa and Entremed among others.

Successes at 5AM Ventures: Beyond Venture Capital Investments

Scott Rocklage is a reputable research scientist whose scientific endeavors have seen him publish over a hundred scientific publications. He is also an inventor with close to thirty patents registered to his name or other co-workers.

These skills and background have especially played a critical in the numerous drugs that 5AM Ventures has already released to the market after approval by the FDA.