Eric Lefkofsky Wants the Data to Cure Cancer

Tempus, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, seeks to be the operating system for cancer care. Tempus is a company that wants to make patient care data-driven and more suited to one’s own chemical makeup and genetics. This process would be achieved by making information that is already collected but sometimes not included as part of a patient’s long term record is more obtainable, but by including information that previously sounded like something out of science fiction due to the prohibitive nature of the cost.

For example, Tempus wants to make someone’s human genome a typical part of their care. This process used to cost around one hundred million dollars when it was first performed, but is now around five thousand per patient and dropping comparatively rapidly thanks to to the work of Lefkofsky’s company and others. By collecting this data, scientists and doctors can compare and analyze the genetic information of any cancer patient in the database to find relevant information that could help with another patient’s care and eventually maybe even find the links needed for new ways to handle disease treatment and probable cures.

Eric Lefkofsky also co-founded the company groupon and stepped down to chairman from CEO to focus on Tempus. Lefkofsky was inspired to create Tempus after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and he saw the fault in the medical system concerning patient data. Already an expert on disruptive technology and making businesses and organizations e-enabled, this project may be his most potentially impressive yet and offer a potential fix for a medical industry that many are disappointed in. In addition to Tempus, he has donated millions to cancer related causes and even joined the Giving Pledge where he has vowed to donate half of his assets to charity over time.

Lefkofsky also has a passion for serving those in the greater Chicago area. He not only founded the Lefkofsky Foundation, an organization that serves the area with a focus on initiatives that help the youth, but he is a member of the board of directors of The Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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