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Eric Lefkofsky Introduces Human Genome Sequencing Technology to Treat Cancer

Cancer is one of the leading killer diseases. In the United States, 40 percent of the adults are diagnosed with cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimated that 14.5 million adults were diagnosed with cancer and the figure is expected to grow 19 million by 2024. However, the situation may be less harsh in the future if the data enabled precision medicine technology spearheaded by Eric Lefkofsky, the co-founder of Tempus and Groupon.

Since the development of electronic health records (EHR) was faced by a lot of resistant, the healthcare industry is technologically railing. When Eric Lefkofsky wife was diagnosed with cancer, he was shocked to identify the huge gaps in the health sector, especially data collection technology. Although a lot of data had been collected from patients, it remained raw data and wasn’t effective.

After realizing the huge gap, Eric came with the idea of Tempus. With a goal to transform the cancer treatment sector, Tempus developed a platform that could excellently analyze clinical and molecular data obtained from patients. Although the firm had enough muscles to develop analytical software, affordable and accessible medical and clinical data presented a major hurdle. Collecting and storing patient data was the other shortcoming.

After overcoming all the challenges, Tempus developed software that promotes human genome sequencing. Eric believes that human genes hold the secret that once revealed, cancer treatment could become easier. As more data is being collected, compared, paired and analyzed, the secrets will be unlocked. With time doctors will be able to make real time decisions and identify, which medicine responds positively.

Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky is a decorated entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Groupon and Tempus. The shrewd entrepreneur is also the founder of Uptake Technologies, Lightbank, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics and Mediaocean. Lefkofsky graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan before joining The University of Michigan Law School where he graduated with JD. For more info about us: click here.

In 2006, Eric Lefkofsky and his wife founded Lefkofsky Family Foundation, an organization that focuses on charitable causes. Through the foundation, Eric has been able to improve the quality of life, fight for human rights, better health care as well as supporting education and art initiatives.