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Dr. Scott Rocklage Determined to Find a Cure

March 15, 2018 • fishcarolina

Scott Rocklage of 5AM Ventures is helping to lead the way toward a cure for the genetic disorder, Myotonic Dystrophy Type I. This horrible disease is the root cause of Muscular Dystrophy in adults. Rocklage, along with Sanofi Ventures, Novartis Venture Fund, and Kleiner Perkings are helping Expansion Therapeutics secure Series A financing. The group has already raised over $55 million toward finding a cure for this disease.

DM1, as the disease is called, occurs when certain RNAs inside of cells rise to toxic levels which cause the heart, muscles, and central nervous systems in the body to break down. This disease is hereditary and has been known to infect entire families, becoming more debilitating with each generation. There is no cure or even an effective treatment for this disease.

There has recently been a breakthrough in the treatment of DM1, which was discovered by Dr. Matthew Disney, and it can now be treating with small molecule medications. The only problem is the laborious process of getting these treatments to market. That is where Scott Rocklage and his team come into play, raising millions of dollars to help get the treatment into the hands of those who need it. Read more: Scott Rocklage | Crunchbase and Scott Rocklage | Bloomberg

Dr. Scott Rocklage is a managing partner of venture capital firm, 5AM Ventures. The company secures financing for life science and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Rocklage has been with 5AM Ventures since 2003, after nearly 20 years in healthcare management. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley and his Ph.D. from MIT, where he was a research assistant for Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Richard Schrock.

Rocklage is an accomplished inventor with over 30 U.S. patents awarded to his inventions and has led three drugs through the FDA approval process: Teslascan, Omniscan, and Cubicin. He has served on the board of numerous pharmaceutical companies including Relypsa, Novira, and Achaogen.

He previously worked as the CEO and Chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cidara, Kinestral and Rennovia. Dr. Rocklage’s office is located in the Boston, MA area where he lives.

Learn more about Scott Rocklage:

http://www.thestylemaponline.com/the-amazing-career-of-scott-rocklage-of-5am-ventures/ and http://www.rennovia.com/team/scott-m-rocklage/

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How Hussain Sajwani Built A Financial Empire

December 14, 2017 • fishcarolina

DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani has been an entrepreneur since 1983 when he founded his first business. He has been phenomenally successful and was named by Forbes as one of the top 10 billionaires in the Middle East in 2017. As of September 2017 he was worth about $4.9 billion. He owns a number of companies with the parent company being DAMAC Group. The biggest subsidiary of this is DAMAC Properties Dubai Co. PJSC which is his luxury real estate development firm that builds residential, commercial, leisure, and retail spaces.

As Hussain Sajwani’s companies are headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, quite a bit of his project are in this city or in the surrounding area. He originally started out as an entrepreneur in the catering industry, a company that he started in 1983 and is still very successful as it operates in several countries serving food to those in hospitals, construction project, and military bases among other locations. His next business was building hotels in Dubai during the time where business professionals were increasingly visiting Dubai. Learn more: http://hussainsajwani.com/

The big opportunity that Hussain Sajwani saw in 2002 was when the government of the United Arab Emirates finally opened the country up to allowing foreigners to buy property which to that point had been forbidden. This was when he founded DAMAC Properties so that he could build properties that would appeal to wealthy foreigners who wanted to own property in his country. He has used effusive marketing in order to make his properties attractive for this foreign investment. He has given high-end luxury cars to buyers of the apartments and villas he has built, for example. One time he gave everyone a Jet Ski that bought a unit at one of his residential developments.

Hussain Sajwani is also a philanthropist. As so many children are poor throughout the world they have clothing that is entirely inadequate. Recognizing this fact, the Sheikh of the UAE launched a campaign to clothe children across the globe. Hussain Sajwani, along with his family, donated a large sum of AED two million that ended up providing clothes to about one million children.

Learn more here: http://www.emirates247.com/news/richest-arabs-youngest-billionaire-wealthiest-family-2016-04-17-1.627434

How Mike Baur Is Supporting Entrepreneurship In Switzerland

October 19, 2017 • fishcarolina

Mike Baur is among professionals who have helped nurture entrepreneurship in Switzerland. He came up with an incubation facility that has been home to many startups in the country, which is also the biggest in Switzerland. Mike Baur was born and raised in Fribourg and as a young boy, his dream was to become a banker. He chose to pursue subjects that would help him achieve this and when he proceeded to the University of Rochester, he pursued degrees in business fields, effectively positioning himself as a professional ready to work in the banking industry.

 

At the age of 16 years in 1991, he was invited by the Union Bank of Switzerland where he worked as an apprentice. He was guided through to build his career and few months later was hired. Through the entire 1990s season, he worked with UBS and rose through different positions. Before he attained 30 years of age, he was appointed into a key advisory position and he proved to have the talent to lead.

 

He cut his engagement with UBS in 2008 to look for other opportunities, and in few months he was hired by Clariden Leu, a bank that he worked with for 6 years before he decided to leave to his career in banking to become an entrepreneur. Many people thought his decision to leave his career was misinformed because this came at the time when he was at the peak of success.

 

In 2014, Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory, which is basically a facility to incubate startups and help them grow. The facility has helped more than 100 startups to establish themselves by offering them the required resources. Mike Baur started working at Swiss Startup Factory as a member of the jury, a team that was responsible for reviewing the pitches submitted by entrepreneurs to pick those with the best ideas.

 

His commitment to working on building Swiss Startup Factory put the company on the limelight as the only of its kind in Switzerland. This attracted investors from various areas who thought the ideas presented by different entrepreneurs were good. Swiss Startup Factory partnered with different universities and institutions to deliver the resources needed to make the mentorship process seamless. Mike Baur also negotiated with experts in various fields including business lawyers and accountants to join in as mentors. This has helped Swiss Startup Factory to build a team of mentors who are knowledgeable about different areas of business.

 

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Charting a Finacial Future with Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions

September 5, 2017 • fishcarolina

Now more than ever it’s important to make well researched, intelligent choices to ensure a comfortable financial future. Wealth Solutions, Inc. can help get families get on the path to a clear wealth management, financial planning or retirement plan that will help grow and secure investments for the future. Every plan is custom tailored to the needs and goals of each individual, Wealth Solutions knows that every situation and goals are as different as every person who walks through their doors. Learn more: http://www.wealthsolutionsria.com/blog

Wealth management starts by protecting already amassed assets. By finding what is important to the investor wealth management aims to create a diverse portfolio that allows them to invest at the risk level that they are both comfortable with as well as what most fits the needs to reach their specific finical goals. The investor is always in control of the investment process from the start, management will guide them through the process of making wealth growing decisions and help them navigate the world of investing.

Financial planning is geared to a variety of income levels to help grow income. Keeping both short term and long term goals in mind, financial planning is key to future security. Watching market trends, both failures and successes, the best route to growing wealth are charted by helping to choose what risk to take and what secure investments to make that will make larger returns. Financial planning will also greatly assist those needing to invest for several different areas at once, such as saving for a child’s college education while also saving for retirement at the same time.

Retirement planning may be the best known financial planning of them all, many workers being exposed early to various retirement planning options. Starting as early as possible will ensure that all of a person’s needs can be met after they retire, letting them live in comfort in their golden years. Retirement planning can be complicated, however, with many options for investing. A good planner can assist in creating a strong retirement plan for many situations and goals.

Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions has been offering wealth management solutions to the Austin, Texas area for over 20 years. With a deep understanding of the investing and financial planning market combined with years of distinguished experience have made Richard Blair an industry leader. Countless investors have reached their financial goals with Wealth Management Inc. and Blair’s guidance and support.