Data is required for the successful treatment of cancer. According to Eric Lefkofsky there is not enough data available. For this reason he established Tempus. The company’s goal is the establishment of databases of information to aid in cancer treatment. Mr Lefkofsky believes the data must combine therapeutic data and genomic information.
Lefkofsky became interested in cancer research when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. He realized doctors often do not have the data they require to give their patients the best possible treatment. This is where Tempus will help. The company is using existing medical records and pathology systems to establish a data pool. This establishes the existing patterns between the current treatments and their results.
Lefkofsky gives a perfect example as to why this data is so critical. In the case of a group of patients with breast cancer taking Herceptin there is no way to know why the drug worked on forty percent of the patients but not the other sixty. Additional data explaining what is happening with the patients who are not responding is needed. They may be on other drugs or diabetic. Without the additional data this is not clear.
Eric Lefkofsky is the CEO and one of the founders of Tempus. He is also one of the founding partners of Lightbank. This is a venture fund who invests in the field of disruptive technologies. Lefkofsky is also recognized as one of the founders of Groupon and Uptake technologies.
Lefkofsky and his wife Liz established the LefkofskyFamily Foundation in 2016. This is a charitable foundation that enhances the lives of the people in the communities they are involved in. He holds the position of Trustee for the Lurie Children’s Hospital located in Chicago, Illinois and is the Chairman of the Board for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company also located in Chicago. Lefkofsky works at the University of Chicago as an adjunct professor and has written the Accelerated Disruption. Lefkofsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan and also attended the University of Michigan Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor.
– Co-founder and CEO @ Tempus | Crunchbase