Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky’s Quest To Help Solve Breast Cancer

Eric Lefkofsky, who also founded Groupon, founded Tempus, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. He recently partnered with the University of Chicago by giving the doctors there access to his data in order to help breast cancer patients. The data that he has provided them is molecular sequencing and analysis which allows the doctors to create individualized treatment plans for each patient. Additionally, Tempus will use the data gathered from 1,000 breast cancer patients in order to find patterns that will help see how other patients will respond to treatment in the future.

One of the doctors at the University of Chicago, Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, said that even though breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer very little data has been collected from past breast cancer patients in order to treat it. Due to this doctors have to make treatment decisions that don’t make use of specific gene information. By having access to this specific gene information the doctor will be able to make a more informed decision when treating each patient. The platform that Tempus designed makes use of machine learning and genomic sequencing. This data helps doctors make real-time, individualized treatment decisions which will lead to better outcomes.

Tempus has partnered with several health organizations over the past year. Among these is the Mayo Clinic, Penn Medicine, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan.

Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus in 2015 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. In addition to Tempus and Groupon he has founded a number of other successful companies including Uptake, Lightbank, and Mediabank. Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991 and earned his JD in 1994 from the University of Michigan Law School.

In 2006 Lefkofsky founded Lefkofsky Family Foundation along with his wife, Liz. The charitable causes that they contribute to include education, medical research, human rights, and the arts. Among his other charitable activities, he is a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

 

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