Eric Lefkofsky Bringing Down Cancer

Tempus Labs, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky in 2015, is focused on more personalized care for cancer patients. They gather, consolidate, clean up, and digitize data from cancer patients. This information is then provided to physicians so that they are able to fine tune the patient’s treatment plan as well as use it to help future patients. Having a patients clinical and molecular data in one database allows their physician to make informed decisions based on that data, allowing for a more precise treatment.

This process begins when a physician sends their patient to Tempus to have genomic testing done. Once this has been completed, the health tech generates a report that is sent directly to the physician. The physician then has access to the operating system Tempus uses. Once the doctor accesses the operating system, they are able to look at the data and determine which mutations a patient has. Having this information is critical to providing the necessary and affective treatment options.

While, this technique has been used on cancer patients around the United States, it is just beginning to be used to develop treatment for Alzheimer’s patients. Scientific markers, like changes in the brain, are being used to identify the diseases before it’s too late. One of the problems being faced in all Alzheimer studies, is that roughly 30 percent of participants don’t actually have Alzheimer’s disease. Unless this number drastically improves, it will be impossible to develop affect treatments for these patients. In an effort to see if treatment can put off decline, more patients in the pre-symptomatic stage need to be studied.

Eric Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan, graduating with honors in 1991. He continued on to law school at the University of Michigan Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1993.

Despite owning a number of businesses, Lefkofsky is involved in philanthropic work. Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz, created the Lefkofsky Foundation in 2006 which focuses on children organizations throughout the world that embody charity, science, education. Additionally, the Lefkofsky’s joined The Giving Pledge in 2013, committing to donating half of their wealth to philanthropy work.

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