When his wife was diagnosed with cancer, Eric Lefkofsky knew that he could no longer just sit around and keep doing nothing about the disease anymore. It was the first time that he was having an up close experience with cancer treatment and he was dismayed by the slow uptake of digital technology in the medical profession. Despite the hullabaloo occasioned by the advent of electronic health records, the medical industry had all but stagnated when it came to the use of digital technology to advance service provision and facilitate the best treatment methods. The copious amounts of patient data generated and collected in the medical facilities would just not be streamlined in any manner to make efficient use of it. So dismayed by this reality was Mr. Lefkofsky that he joined hands with other people who were concerned with advancing medical technology to co-founded Tempus.
Tempus is a technology startup specifically concerned with transforming the manner in which cancer treatment is provided. It developed a platform that would analyze the clinical and molecular data of every patient, to develop a treatment plan that is geared specifically towards each patient’s unique circumstances. Molecular data ideally refers to genomic information which can only be collected through genome sequencing. This used to be a prohibitively expensive process, with the first such sequencing carried out in 2003 costing more than 100 million dollars. However, thanks to technological advancements, the process now costs 5,000 dollars to conduct. And thanks to companies like Tempus, the cost is expected to plunge even lower in the coming years. The aim of the group is to enable doctors to pair cancer patients with more efficient medication methods through data precision methods developed by their technology and learn more about Eric.
Tempus co-founder Eric Lefkofsky was born in Michigan but has spent most of his adult life in Chicago. He graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan in 1991 before proceeding to attain a Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of the same university. He, however, did not go into law, but rather joined in the dot-com craze and quickly established himself as a savvy power player in the industry and more information click here.