Tempus Founder Seeks to Shift the Paradigm of Cancer Treatment

Fortune considers Erik Lefkofsky’s new venture in the article “This Is What’s Missing in the Data-Centric Approach to Cancer” by Barb Darrow.

Darrow reveals that Tempus, which is the latest entrepreneurial endeavor for Mr. Lefkosky, was created to fill a void in cancer treatment. Though there is no lack of data regarding patient information, there is a shortage of the combination of genomic information combined with therapeutic data.

Lefkofsky believes that it is by integrating both the previous successful therapeutic data with the molecular data, that doctors and researchers would have a greater insight into the proper care and treatment for the individual.

However, in the current system, most specialists simply did not have access to that information. Tempus provides the technology of an operating system that accesses a library of clinical and molecular data. By sequencing the genomes and using machine learning, doctors will be able to have a deeper and more personal understanding of each individual’s cancer.

He began the company after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. After visiting a variety of specialists and doctor’s he began to realize that they did not have easy access to the combination of genomic information and therapeutic data. Because of this, they were unable to notice the similarities and differences in treatments of people with analogous molecular data.

Eric Lefkosky wanted to create a paradigm shift in the system where doctors and clinicians would be able to interpret the data and see how different treatments work within a group of patients. The company also provides detailed analytics and reporting to help physicians interpret the data and discover actionable information for the patient.

Mr. Lefkofsky is known as a serial entrepreneur having started Groupon, Lightbank, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics and InnerWorkings. Lightbank is a venture fund based in Chicago that focuses on investing in disruptive technology. Groupon is a large e-commerce platform that provides coupons for local businesses. Uptake is an analytics platform that provides predictive information for some of the world’s biggest industries. InnerWorkings provides marketing solutions for a variety of industries to learn more: http://norcal.news/news/23733-eric-lefkofsky-searches-coast-coast-cure click here.

Mr. Lefkofsky is also a dedicated philanthropist. In 2006, he started the Lefkosky Family Foundation with his wife in order to promote high-impact initiatives in the surrounding communities.