According to studies, almost 40% of the adults living in the US will be diagnosed with cancer at a certain point in their lives. Statistics revealed by the National Cancer Institute show that nearly 14.5 million citizens in the US were suffering from cancer in 2014. As of 2024, this figure is expected to go even up to over 19 million. However, there is good news that the prognosis is changing to the better with outstanding advances that are being made by firms like Tempus. A pioneer in the precision medicine that data enabled, Tempus was co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky who is also the co-founder of Groupon.
The introduction of EHRs, Electronic Health Records, indicated that the industry of healthcare keeping up with the latest technology. Eric Lefkofsky got to learn cancer after his wife was found to have breast cancer. After doing some in-depth research, he discovered that there were gaping holes in the healthcare field when it comes to digital technology and data collection. It is for this very reason that Eric decided to start Tempus in order to revolutionize the manner in which important information about cancer patients is collected and stored. Tempus came up with software that has capabilities in optical character recognition and natural language processing.
Through the leadership of Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus enables clinical information regarding a cancer patient to be put together with molecular information collected via genome sequencing. Tempus helps to come up with a technology healthcare solution that will enable doctors to successfully pair patients suffering from cancer with effective treatments.
Born in Southfield, Michigan in 1969, Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus. He attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he graduated in 1991 with high honors. He also went to the University of Michigan law School where he acquired a Juris Doctor Degree. Although Eric did not venture into law as per his educational background, he managed to become a successful entrepreneur and became known internationally.
Apart from working at Tempus, he is a member of the Director’s Board at Lurie’s Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago as well as the Art Institute of Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky is now an adjunct professor serving at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
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