Advancements in innovative therapies for incurable diseases such as cancer present multiple challenges for scientific research. With the development of advanced technologies in data management, oncologists have access to thousands of case studies. Sorting through all the research available can result in an endless maze of pharmacologic measures, radiation treatment modalities, stem cell applications, and multiple gene therapy outcomes. Renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist, Eric Lefkofsky, has aligned partnerships to create and organize data platforms enabling access to better treatment outcomes for cancer patients.
Co-founded by Lefkofsky in 2015, Tempus, Inc. has become one of the top ten health technology companies in Chicago. The company’s number one goal is to organize and consolidate information regarding better treatment options, one of the largest weapons in the “Fight Against Cancer’s” arsenal. The recent partnership between Tempus and Precision Health AI, an artificial intelligence company out of New York, allows for access to a database containing over 600,000 treatment outcomes for patients, otherwise known as CancerLinQ. which was created by the American Society of Clinical Oncologists.
In addition to this partnership, Tempus has developed contracts with approximately 50 of the top cancer research facilities, including the Mayo Clinic, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Cleveland Clinic, and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The ending result is a vast network of prior outcomes information correlated with patient data down to the molecular level. This integration enables cancer specialists to deliver tailor-made treatment modalities to their patients.
The accomplishment of improved data analytics for cancer treatment comes as no surprise given Eric Lefkofsky’s repertoire of prior. A visionary in the e-commerce marketplace, media advertising, and disruptive technologies in capital ventures, Eric has founded and co-founded multiple data analytic platform companies such as Uptake, Lightbank, and Mediabank. He is most commonly known as the co-founder of Groupon, a global internet marketplace, providing cost-saving technology to consumers everywhere.
Improving the quality of life for everyone within their service area is a top priority for Lefkofsky. His philanthropic efforts are concentrated in the preservation of human rights, research initiatives to improve education and medical advancements, and the arts. In 2006, Eric and his wife, Liz founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation for this purpose.