Heidi Harris recently published an article with Tech News Spy called “Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky, and the Rise of Data-Enabled Precision Medicine”. The article discusses Tempus, the brain child of co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, who wants the company to be the thought leader in data-enabled precision medical treatment.
The company was born out of Lefkofsky’s personal experience with the lack of technology in cancer treatment. After his wife was diagnosed with cancer, he found that the treatment process was often painful. It was painful not just because of the treatment itself, but because of the lack of information and technology available for physicians.
Lefkofsky found a gap in data collection and technology that can interpret it. The huge amounts of data being created about treatment and the patients prevented should allow the doctors to provide individualized treatment plans. However, the lack of technology prevented physicians from being able to use all of that information accurately and what Eric knows.
Tempus seeks to fill that gap, providing real-time, data-driven treatment with “cutting edge genomic sequencing and analysis methods.” This allows the doctors to have an in-depth understanding of each patient’s tumor as well as providing access to the largest library of clinical and molecular data. The operating system and analytics provides information to the doctors to focus on actionable data. By allowing the physician to fight the disease from the molecular and cellular level, Tempus will provide critical information for the doctors as well as the patients. Even the treatment can be tested on synthetic models to screen the therapies before patient use to ensure higher rates of treatment success and his Facebook.
Mr. Lefkofsky has been drawn to the entrepreneurial lifestyle since he sold carpet when he was a student at the University of Michigan. After law school, he co-founded a variety of companies like InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Mediabank, and Mediaocea. Tempus, however is closer to his heart after his wife’s personal experience with cancer treatment and more information click here.
Mr. Lefkofsky has also taught at a variety of schools. He is currently teaching at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. There he teaches courses on how to build technology based businesses and entrepreneurship and Eric’s lacrosse camp.