Medicalentrepreneur to Share Success Factors at Colorado State University March 15

A "perpetual entrepreneur," CEO and past president of several successful businesses will share insights into the key factors of business success as part of the Great Entrepreneur Speaker Series at Colorado State University.

Dr. Charles Scoggin, president of his fourth prosperous business, will speak from 4-6 p.m. March 15 in Room 119 Rockwell Hall. With the failure of many dot coms and a slowdown in the economy, it’s now more important than ever to have sound advice on establishing and managing a business. Responding to this need, the Center for Entrepreneurial and Family Enterprise at Colorado State has designed a speaker series to assist current and future entrepreneurs.

In 1988, Scoggin launched Somatogen Instruments, a producer of scientific instruments. In 1989, he started Somatogen, a pharmaceutical company that developed a genetically re-engineered red blood cell substitute. Six year later, Scoggin founded Rodeer Systems, a medical records transcription company whose revenues grew to $50 million in just three years.

Scoggin currently is building Medrock, an Internet-based information system that helps families manage medical crises. He worked with Harvard School of Public Health to determine the needs of people in medical crisis. Of 15,700 consumers surveyed, 95 percent said they wanted to either make all of their medical decisions themselves or decide jointly with their physician. "Medrock is aimed at helping consumers make better decisions by giving them a single source of information and quick access to medical specialists related to their specific concerns," said Scoggin.

Scoggin received a bachelor’s of science degree in physical science from Colorado State. He earned a medical degree from the University of Colorado and trained in internal medicine at Duke University. Before he became an entrepreneur, Scoggin served as the University of Colorado Department of Medicine’s clinical director and head of adult genetics.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Participants will also have time to meet personally with Scoggin. Seating is limited, so participants should R.S.V.P to the Center for Entrepreneurial and Family Enterprises at 970-491-6876 or For more information, call Anne McCarthy at (970) 491-6876.