Cancer is a serious disease that ends lives much too soon all around the world. With such a terrible disease, it’s no surprise that measures are being taken to help treat it more efficiently. Many of us, especially Eric Lefkofsky, wonder how we can better diagnose cancer and find the best treatments available. According to this recent article regarding the health field and cancer itself, Eric Lefkofsky believes that critical data is missing from today’s medical research systems.
Eric Lefkofsky founder and CEO of Tempus, which is a startup that aims to provide more successful accuracy in treating cancer by supplying data for both genomics and therapeutic data. This would allow doctors to fine-tune cancer treatments and provide better overall care for their patients. With Tempus, there is a free flow of information between researchers, clinicians, and others.
After his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, Lefkofsky felt personally inclined to start and develop Tempus. The central idea behind Tempus is to build a technology layer above existing electronic medical records and pathology systems to aggregate the data and receive an edited version back with patterns of treatments and results, showing which have been proven to successful.
In addition to Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky is known for many other notable works. He is the co-founder of Groupon, which is a global e-commerce marketplace used by many around the world. In 2006, he opened up the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which is a private charitable foundation.
He opened this foundation up with his wife, Liz, in order to enhance the lives in the communities it serves. With Tempus just being a small glimpse of his work in the healthcare industry, Lefkofsky also serves as a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He also has a passion for the arts, being a Trustee at the Art Institute of Chicago and Chairman of the Board of Trustee’s of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company.