Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus Labs in 2015 which is a technology firm. The goal of the company is to digitize, merge, consolidate, and clean up the information gathered on each cancer patient in order to make it easier for physicians to assist future patients.
The ultimate goal is to gather molecular data of each patient in one location so that physicians can make decisions based on data. This data is vital to learning from patients who have cancer and from their treatments and responses so that future patients can receive the best care possible from physicians making the best decisions that they possibly can.
Alzheimer’s is just one disease that can greatly benefit from big data and because of this, patients are able to become enrolled in studies much more quickly. With many diseases, and especially with Alzheimer’s in particular, it is better to receive treatment sooner than later.
In many cases, almost 30 percent of cases that are being studied, do not actually have Alzheimer’s but have other types of dementia or even completely different medical conditions. Patients under study with pre-symptomatic conditions are of great help in finding out more about this particular disease as well as others.
Tempus has already made a name for itself and is one of the top ten health techs in Chicago. The company has partnerships with multiple organizations as well as many Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Because of that, they receive may patients that need genomic sequencing. They make it possible for physicians to find any mutations that may be present and can find the best treatment options to proceed with.
Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and holds a Juris Doctor which he received from the University of Michigan Law School. He also established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation and serves as trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital located in Chicago as well as The Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry and World Business also all located in Chicago. Lefkofsky is also a professor at the University of Chicago as well as the author of a book called Accelerated Disruption.
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