Eric Lefkofsky-Fighting Cancer With Tempus

An astonishing amount of Americans have cancer or will get cancer in their lifetime-about 40 percent. Most people know at least one person who has cancer as well. About 14.5 million people living in the United States were battling cancer in 2014, according to the National Cancer Institute. That figure is most likely going to reach over 19 million by 2014.

Companies such as Tempus are making some impressive advances and are taking charge of data-enabled precision medicine. Tempus was co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky. When his wife got breast cancer, he soon realized that there is a lot to be desired when it comes to the collection of data and digital technology. There just is no efficient way to harness the information collected about patients and their treatments in place.

Tempus is helping to create a more efficient and effective way that cancer care is handled. Tempus created a platform that makes it possible to analyze molecular data and analytics software that is not only accessible but affordable as well. Tempus is also finding a better way to handle the way that sensitive information about cancer patients is collected and kept. Tempus has come up with software that can effectively handle progress notes and is able to process natural language, and it also has optical character recognition capabilities. Tempus is making it possible to help advance the treatment of cancer.

Genome sequencing is normally very expensive, but Tempus is helping to drive that cost down. Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus are enabling doctors to pair their cancer patients with the correct treatments more accurately. They are also making it possible to obtain information that is continuously updated and always available so that decisions on the spot can be made with much less risk.

Eric Lefkofsky, co-founder, and CEO of Tempus established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. He serves as a trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and obtained his Juris Doctor at University of Michigan Law School.

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