Eric Lefkofsky Attack on Cancer

Eric Lefkofsky’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. He accompanied his wife on her doctor visits. However, he discovered her treatments were great, but the oncologist didn’t use technology. For instance, his wife had a test done and her oncologist didn’t have the centralized database to see the results. Instead, he requested the results which took up to 3 weeks to come in. Here he is Eric Lefkofsky with at least 20 years’ experience in technology. Needless to say, this led him to create Tempus Labs company. The purpose of the company is to gather personal data about the cancer patient and store it in one place. He hopes to equip the oncologist with the best technology to aid diagnosing and treating patients.

Lefkofsky’s whole idea of centralized data is innovative. The oncology field as a whole is not tech savvy. Tempus Labs not only gather information about the cancer patients, but it includes clinical data. The data include outcomes to specific treatment such as DNA and RNA. DNA sequencing is also used for personized medicine. This is great to have in one location, so the doctor can devote more time to the patient. The vast data in one location will provide the oncologist the tool to better diagnose the patient. The doctor will see what type of treatment worked efficiently for which types of cancer.

Although Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur he’s an avid philanthropist first. He and his wife founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The foundation is active in supporting advanced education, arts, culture, human rights, and medicine. He is also a pledge giver to the community. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The Tempus O plans to extract pertinent information from disorganized data about cancer patients. In hopes of making the data clearer and easy for physicians to use.

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