Eric Lefkofsky: Helping Breast Cancer Patients

Tempus is a startup that was launched to help fight the ongoing battle of cancer. Tempus was founded by the founder of Groupon, Eric Lefkofsky. Currently, Eric Lefkofsky is wanting to help doctors at the University of Chicago by giving them data that would treat their breast cancer, patients. Tempus is based in Chicago. Tempus recently announced that they will partner with the University of Chicago Medicine. The startup will be providing molecular sequencing and analysis to the breast cancer specialists at the University of Chicago. This is in an effort to create personalized treatments for patients battling breast cancer.

The Chicago is scheduled to analyze the data from about 1,000 breast cancer patients. This data will help doctors uncover the patterns that can determine how a patient will react to treatment. Tempus is hoping that the data will lead to better patient treatment and better outcomes for each patient. A professor at the University of Chicago stated that while breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, there is little data on the patients that are battling this disease. Without data, this leads to doctors making a treatment decision without knowing the genetic information of the patient. With genetic information, doctors can make better judgments and come up with a personalized treatment plan.

Tempus is using genomic sequencing and machine learning to come up with personalized treatment plans. The University of Chicago is not the first institution Tempus has partnered with. Tempus is currently working with Rush University Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, Penn Medicine, the University of Michigan, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Eric Lefkofsky is the founder of Tempus, Groupon, and Uptake Technologies. In 2006, he launched the Lefkofsky Family Foundation to create initiatives that would enhance the lives of the people they serve. Eric Lefkofsky launched the foundation with his wife, Liz. Mr. Lefkofsky is the trustee of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is also the trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago.Eric Lefkofsky is also an author, with his book, Accelerated Disruption. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Michigan, where he received his Juris Doctor.


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