Many hear the name Eric Lefkofsky and think entrepreneurial kingpin. By co-founding companies like Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, and Uptake Technologies, he created a foundation of success in the world of tech startup companies. Now worth $1.7 billion according to Forbes, it may seem like he’s exited the world of company building and entered a life led by less involved endeavors.
That statement would have been true, but then his wife Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer. A tumultuous time under the best of circumstances, Eric and Liz were baffled by the lack of comprehensive data to help develop treatments plans best suited for individual patients. Soon after Liz’s diagnosis, Lefkofsky took his degree from the University of Michigan and doctoral degree from the University of Michigan Law School and started one last company, Tempus and learn more about Eric.
Tempus still holds true to the nature of many of Lefkofsky’s other companies in that it is a data driven tech company. However, it isn’t geared towards local commerce or marketing. The goal of Tempus is to create a wheelhouse of data from doctors from some of the nation’s leading medical institutions. The startup established connections with the Mayo Clinic, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. Oncologists at these facilities send their patients to Tempus where they are then sequenced in Tempus’ lab. This data is stored and then each patient is paired up with clinical information that matched their molecular profile. This comprehensive data is then sent back to the attending oncologist so that they can utilize whatever methods are most ideal for any individual nuances of that patient’s pathology and more information click here.
This chain of events may seem like Tempus is a medical company, however, at the end of the day, it is still a tech company. It is merely driven by medical data in order to create a hub for cancer treatment methods and access. The impact for a company like Tempus will take years to see fully fulfilled. However, when those results reveal themselves, the impact will likely be life saving for millions.
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