In 2015, tech entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus, Inc. His company helps doctors treat cancer patients by providing them access to a database filled with clinical information about past cancer patients. The doctors can match their patient’s genomic sequencing information and other details against this database to establish what is likely the best treatment plan to follow.
As the chief executive officer of this company, he recently established a partnership with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. They are jointly conducting research into brain cancer so that patient’s with this disease have better outcomes. Among the data that Tempus analyzes are RNA and DNA. Along with proteomic data, this gives doctors a detailed insight into their patient’s tumor. They can then put together a plan that is the best match for that patient.
Tempus has been collecting vast amounts of data for their platform. The data is processed by machine-learning algorithms as well as advanced analytics. Combining this technology with artificial intelligence, Eric Lefkosfky says that all of this technology can help people live longer lives free of cancer.
Dr. Maria-Magdalena Georgescu is a leader at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. He studies glioblastoma which is the type of brain tumor that is most commonly found in patients. She studies patients whose tumors are not likely to respond well to conventional therapies. Glioblastoma is a very deadly form of cancer.
In order to Help Dr. Georgescu’s patients, Tempus will take care of her genomic sequencing and clinical data structuring. They will collect anonymous clinical data at LSU Health Shreveport which is where Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is located. Tempus will use both advanced bioinformatics and machine learning to spot patterns that could be helpful in curing glioblastoma.
Eric Lefkofsky has been co-founding tech firms with a business partner for over 20 years. He co-founded Groupon in January 2007 where he is the chairman of the board. He has also co-founded Mediabank, Lightbank, and Echo Global Logistics among other ventures. He lives in the greater Chicago, Illinois area and helps people there and globally through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation.