Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus Take on Cancer Research
What does Groupon and Date-Rich Cancer Treatment have in common? They are both the brainchild of one of tech’s biggest stars, Eric Lefkofsky. A recent article in Tech News Spy highlighted exactly what Lefkofsky has been up to since launching the startup Tempus. Tempus is a revolutionary company that is seeking to build the world’s largest library of human molecular and clinical data as well as construct a full external operating system that will make that data available to people working on cancer reserach or patient care.
Lefkofsky first began looking into cancer research after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Known for his thirst for knowledge, Eric began to dig into cancer research and was dismayed to learn that there was a huge disconnect in the oncology field between the collection of actual data and how that data was being applied through digital technology. There was a huge amount of data being generated about cancer patients, their treatments and the outcomes but that information was not useful because there is no streamlined system in place that makes it accessible in an efficient manner.
After discovering this, Eric co-founded Tempus with the load of paving a new path to make data-enabled precision medicine the foremost tool used in cancer care. Tempus turned to technology to develop a platform that could analyze a cancer patient’s molecular and clinical data in a way that would produce effective information.
The final goal Tempus and Eric Lefkofsky have is to match help doctors match cancer patients with treatments that would work based on the data they have available and more information click here.
Eric Lefkofsky is probably best known as the co-founder of Groupon. However, he is also known in Chicago’s tech circles as a top influencer and mind. He has donated millions of dollars to cancer research before partially taking that research upon himself with the founding of Tempus and Eric’s lacrosse camp.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and also hold a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. After graduating law school, he put his entrepreneurial mindset to work and became a power player in the dot-com world, forgoing the practice of law. He sits on the board of the Art Institute of Chicago and of Lurie’s Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.