During cancer treatment, Oncologists need to conduct extensive research on various aspects. In this endeavor, a large chunk of critical data still remains veiled in oblivion, because the methods of research are not flawless. That is according to Eric Lefkofsky, CEO and co-founder of Tempus. By establishing Tempus, he hopes to create a data-dense research system to fine-tune tumor therapy.In a podcast interview in the Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference, Mr. Lefkofsky revealed that there is a lot of data that is lacking for the diagnosis, and, consequently, prognostication of the right medication. Having the DNA, or RNA information is but one side of the coin. Besides molecular information, cancer researchers need to gather the phenotypic treatment and the resultant response data. Basically, this entails information concerning the medical history of a patient. Such information is integral for one’s enlightment as to why treatment response in patients varies.
His drive to start Tempus came after his wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. It was then that he realized most clinics have a shallow idea of how a type of treatment works with certain patients. Therefore, he set out to build a technological system that supplements Electronic Medication Records (EMR) to total the data, filter it, and, subsequently, send it back to its original dispatch source for validation.Mr. Lefkofsky further affirmed that his objective was to bring on board future oncologist and neurological specialist to utilize this data system for the collection of accurate data. In order to have a viable CRISPR, a newly discovered gene-modification means that has potential to treat several disorders, the data is important.
About Eric Lefkofsky
He is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus, a technological firm that provides a data system to aid in cancer treatments. He is also in partnership with Lightbank – a venture trust that invests in disruptive technological systems. Further, he co-founded Uptake Technologies, a pioneer in providing a platform for analytical outlook for industries that cover a global scope.He started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006 to initiate high-sturdy change in the living standards of the society served. There is more. He is an associate professor at the University of Chicago, and authored the book: “Accelerated Disruption”. Scholarly, he holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.