In the Tech News Spy article “Tempus, Eric Lefkosky, and the Rise of Data-Enabled Precision Medicine”, Heidi Harris discusses the new venture for the serial entrepreneur, Eric Lefkofksy.
Mr. Lefkofksy had a personal experience with the inadequacies of the healthcare industry when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. He found that though the healthcare industry may be up to date in more trivial technology like electronic health records, it doesn’t provide doctors with the vital information they need to provide individualized treatment to cancer patients. Despite the overwhelming amount of patient data available, physicians didn’t have access to the technology that can interpret and make use of this copious amount of data.
Over 40% of adults will face the diagnosis in their lives, which the National Cancer Institute suggests was almost 14.5 million U.S. residents in 2014. The number of diagnosis will rise by 2024 to nearly 19 million. Through the new company he Co-founded called Tempus, Eric Lefkofksy hopes to be able to provide more precise medicine and treatment for these sufferers and what Eric knows.
Tempus combines the molecular data with a patient’s clinical data through a platform that analyzes the available information to create a personalized treatment plan. They not only provide detailed reports for the physicians with actionable information that can have huge implications for the treatment, but it also provides treatment validation. Through machine learning and automation as well as state of the art cell-culture technology, the physicians are able to test the therapies in synthetic models. By using genomic sequencing to understand each individual’s tumor, they are able to provide individualized treatment plans and more information click here.
Eric Lefkofksy is an influential figure in Chigago’s community. He is on the board of directors for the The Art Institute of Chicago and the Children’s Memorial Hospital. He is also a dedicated philanthropist. He and his wife are both members of the Giving Pledge which seeks to inspire the elite to donate the majority of their wealth to charitable causes. He is founded the Lefkofksy Foundation with his wife to support educational, scientific and other charitable causes around the world.
Mr. Lefkofksy is also well known as the Co-Founder of a variety of companies such as Uptake, Groupon, Mediaocean, and Mediabank and Eric’s lacrosse camp.