Cancer is a tough disease to fight. It takes a toll on both the patient and their family and friends. Around 14.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of a solution to collecting health data of cancer patients. When his wife was diagnosed with cancer, he had a first-hand experience with the lack of systematic collection of the patients’ data. Although data were collected from patients, it could never be put to an effective use, because it was scattered and collected only on physician’s notes. The data was collected in a free text form that was difficult to analyze.
The Tempus software, developed by Eric Lefkovsky and his team, was built so that data could now be structured and used for progressing treatment and care. It analyzes the clinical and molecular data of cancer patients. Molecular data is genomic information gathered by sequencing the human genome. Molecular data collecting is a very expensive process, with a cost of $5,000, but with the efforts of companies like Tempus the price will continue on plummeting.
Tempus will give doctors the opportunity to effectively pair cancer patients with their most suitable treatment. Medicines and treatment will be chosen with a reference to previous data about what works and what doesn’t, regarding treatment. With the Tempus platform, all data about cancer research and work will be updated daily so that researchers can one day use it to find a cure for cancer by studying in depth the human genome data gathered.
The co-founder of Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky, is an American entrepreneur born in 1969, in Southfield, Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with high honors. In 1993 he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan. He founded Tempus in 2016 besides the many other technology enterprises that he heads.
Eric Lefkofsky has a charitable trust with his wife, called the Lefkofsky foundation. It supports charitable, scientific and education organizations around the world. The foundation has supported more than 50 organizations since the time it has started operating.