Approximately 14.5 million U.S. citizens were living with cancer in 2014. 40% of adults will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Clearly, something needs to be done about this deadly disease and more information click here.
It often takes a personal brush with a disease to spur an innovative person to join the fight against this disease. That is exactly how Eric Lefkofsky, co-founder of Groupon, joined the fight. His experience during his wife’s bout with cancer exposed him to the large hole in the medical field’s data collection and digital technology. Most medical establishment’s collect large amounts of data but have no way to streamline the information and make it useful.
Lefkofsky realized that something needed to be done to remedy this situation and thus Tempus was born. Tempest’s stated goal is to “Transform the way that cancer care is delivered”. In its history Tempus has developed software that aids in organization of medical information. Their innovative solutions allow for the transformation of the most pertinent, though possibly inconvenient, information into structured data that will change cancer treatments dramatically.
Temous invests much capital, time, and effort into genomic sequencing. They support it because human genome sequencing may hold the cure to many types of cancer. Human genes in and of themselves hold valuable clues to possible therapy and cures. Tempus’ unique product can organize this data so that it seven more useful than in the past. They will help medical professionals match patients with therapies and learn more about Eric.
Eric Lefkofsky’s professional rise can be defined as meteoric. He has held top positions in large companies in addition to his CEO position at Tempus. His career as an entrepreneur is difficult to match. In addition to his work at Tempus he founded Groupon, and Lightbank which is a venture fund investing in disruptive technologies and its Website.
Eric Lefkofsky understands that there is more to life than professional accomplishments. His work with Tempus shows that he wants to make the world a better place. His extensive philanthropy with Lurie’s Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago shows his commitment to helping others.