Tempus wants to be the operating system for cancer treatment, and with forty percent of people in the United States receiving a diagnosis in their lifetime it could very much be needed. While the medical industry seems to be advancing their technology rapidly, this is not the case when it comes to how patient data is stored and processed. Eric Lefkofsky, co-founder of Tempus, knew he needed to change this when Liz, his wife, was given a breast cancer diagnosis. He watched as information was lost just between visits and treatments and wondered why information he thought should be in the records was not.
Not only does Lefkofsky want to fix the problems with data that was already collected but never properly processed, he wanted to introduce less mainstream data as part of regular patient care. Tempus wants to make a patient’s genetic and chemical makeup regularly included in their patient profile. This process would not only make finding the correct treatment for that patients more straightforward, but it would also make many diseases easier to prevent by showing red flags to doctors about things they are pre-disposed to chemically.
Tempus could potentially kickstart an infirmed medical industry by essentially e-enabling the whole process. Eric Lefkofsky is not a stranger to shaking up pre-existing industries, he also co-founded Lightbank. An hedge fund tech investment firm that focuses on disruptive technology startups that aren’t located in the traditional Silicon Valley. The company is located in Chicago and so are some of its investments.
Eric Lefkofsky has a passion for both cancer research and treatment and his current home and business headquarters of Chicago. While he graduated with a Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Steppenwolf Theatre of Chicago as Chairman. His charity, the Lefkofsky Foundation, focuses on initiatives that serve those in an around the Chicago area. He and his wife have joined the Giving Pledge and have promised to give at least half of their lietime wealth to altruistic causes.
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