As written in the article, “This Is What’s Missing in the Data-Centric Approach to Cancer”, by Barb Darrow, doctors need a lot of data, to make good decisions, for their patient’s treatment of cancer. Eric Lefkofsky co-founded the company Tempus, when his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and he realized the doctors weren’t using all of the data they had available to them. There were privacy issues blocking the collection of data from hospitals, doctors, and researchers, and he felt it was necessary to share the results of their treatments on the many people who came through their doors. With all the different medical issues and medications they each took, the results of their treatments were all different.
The new data will alert the doctors to multiple patient results, and they will be better equipped to determine which treatment is best for their patient. Tempus is designed to collect their patient’s records, take the personal information from the record, and give the treatment results back to the doctors, researchers, and hospitals, so that they can properly analyze what has been working and not working so well on their patients. Lefkofsky would like to see cancer patients treated on a more individual basis for their needs. He would also like to see companies, like CRISPR, who are looking into personalized vaccines to use the data for their own research.
Mr Lefkofsky earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law. In 1994 he and his business partner, Bradley Keywell, took out a loan to buy Brandon Apparel, but it went under. In 1999, they started an internet business called, Starbelly, which they were able to sell for $240 million. Since then, Lefkofsky has co-founded Tempus, Lightbank, Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, InnerWorkings, and Global Logistics. He also started a foundation with his wife, Liz, called, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The foundation is private and focuses on improving the communities in the Chicago area, as well as, around the world. Eric Lefkofsky – Co-founder and CEO @ Tempus | Crunchbase