Eric Lefkofsky is Changing How We Treat Cancer

The “C” word (cancer) is one we all dread hearing, whether it be ourselves being diagnosed or a loved one. When people get diagnosed with cancer, the answer is usually fairly standardized. Chemotherapy and radiation are the go-to treatments. Eric Lefkofsky is determined to make a more individualized treatment that is more effective. Eric Lefkofsky is a co-founder and the CEO of Tempus Labs.

Tempus Labs is based in Chicago and was founded in 2015. Tempus Labs is utilizing technology to streamline patient information through digitization and consolidation. They also want to add patient’s molecular data, such as DNA and RNA sequencing, to the files. Each patient’s treatments and response to the treatments is included in these files. In doing this, they hope to find common threads which will help to better inform Doctor’s decisions when it comes to patient care. Doctor’s will be able to find patients with similar molecular data and make better medical decisions for them.

Tempus Labs has been named as one of Chicago’s top ten health technology companies. They have already partnered with almost every National Cancer Institute cancer center, as well as sever other academic institutions and healthcare organizations. Their partners send patients to them for genomic sequencing/ Tempus Labs then creates a personalized report for the patient and sends it back to their doctor. Doctor’s also have access to Tempus Labs operating system.

While Tempus Labs is doing groundbreaking work, Eric Lefkofsky is better known as the founder of Groupon. He has already donated millions to cancer research through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. He has donated to Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Cornell, and more, all to fund further cancer research. Now Lefkofsky is doing even more to help us get to a cure for cancer.

Eric Lefkofsky was raised in Southfield, Michigan as part of a Jewish family. His dad was an engineer, and his mother was a teacher. Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1991 with honors. He then attended the University of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctor.

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