Every year, millions of people are affected by cancer. And one entrepreneur is using his knowledge of technology and data to fight cancer and other diseases. This tech leader, Eric Lefkofsky, is leading the way in a new and innovative type of medical research.
Co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus is helping doctors and hospitals get all the data points from a patient’s history to lead to better and more efficient treatment. The information is then used to help doctors determine the best treatment for their patient. Today, Tempus is utilized by thousands of healthcare professionals around the world.
For Tempus co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, the genesis of the company was a personal one. When Mr. Lefkofsky’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, he was surprised by the lack of information collection and organization from the various hospitals treating his loved one. As a co-founder of tech giant Groupon, Mr. Lefkofsky knew that he could take his knowledge from the tech world and import it into the medical world.
Tempus uses unique text collection from doctor notes to create data which can be collected and processed easier. The system is also able to process information on a molecular level to assist in genomic sequencing. With the emergence of gene therapy for cancer patients, the service provided by Tempus can be a lifesaver for potentially millions of cancer patients.
The ultimate goal for Tempus is to pair cancer patients with a specific type of therapy that will result in the least amount of side effects and quickest recovery time. As the company continues to innovate patient data collection, Tempus will be able to help doctors determine a custom tailored treatment for each patient. Ultimately, this will not only result in higher survival rates but lower healthcare costs.
Eric Lefkosky’s entry into the entrepreneurial world began in 1993 when he founded an apparel company with a college friend. Less than a decade later, he made his first foray into the tech world by starting an online promotional company called Starbelly. Since then, Mr. Lefkofsky has help start-up or fund over a half dozen companies.
In addition to being the co-founder of Tempus and Groupon, Eric Lefkofsky is also the co-founder of Echo Global Logistics, Innerworkings, Uptake, Mediaocean as well as the Lightbank, a venture capital firm based in Chicago. When he is not working with his various companies, Mr. Lefkofsky steers The Lefkofsky Foundation charitable trust which helps children, worldwide, by funding scientific and educational foundations.