Roughly 40 percent of grown-ups in the United States will at some point in their lifetime be diagnosed with cancer. In 2024 the number of people living with cancer will be more than 19 million according to the National Cancer Institute. Fortunately, different individuals and organizations have come forth to help fight cancer. Tempus Company, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky is leading in providing data-enabled precision medicine for cancer and related diseases. The company which was founded in 2016 has its headquarters in Chicago.
Eric Lefkofsky was inspired to start his company when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. He co-founded Tempus Company to assist in cancer treatment. Tempus aims at transforming the manner in which cancer care is provided. The company has a platform responsible for analyzing molecular and clinical data of cancer patients.
In its initial stage, Tempus had a problem of accessing and affording clinical and medical data. Moreover, collection and storage of information from cancer patients was also an issue. However, Tempus led by Eric Lefkofsky came up with software capable of processing natural language and recognizing characters optically. This has helped the company to overcome the hurdles it faced in developing the software.
Tempus is also planning to lower the prices of analyzing molecular data for cancer patients which were expensive in the previous years. Molecular data involves gathering genomic data through sequencing of the human genome. Human genome sequencing will simplify cancer treatment by fighting the illness on the cellular and molecular level. Data-enabled precision medicine in the near future will enable medics to match cancer patients with the right medications accurately. The platforms will be able to identify which treatments will work on what cancer conditions.
Eric Lefkofsky was born in Michigan in September 1969. In 1991 he finished with high honors from the University of Michigan. He, later on, graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He joined the world of technology and never practiced law.
Lefkofsky used to teach Applied Technology at DePaul University and Disruptive Business Models at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also holds senior positions in the community and is currently on the board of directors of The Art Institute of Chicago and Children’s Memorial Hospital also in Chicago.