The rate at which cancer is spreading is very worrying. With that said, Eric Lefkofsky decided to help the medical industry out after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. He co-founded Tempus which was in charge of coming up with a platform where the data collected in hospitals could be analyzed in a structured manner to help the cancer patients access better and accurate treatment. This company was focused on enabling the use of data to come up with medicine.
Lots of data had been collected about patients but it was not been utilized fully. Most of it was physically recorded. Eric, at Tempus, came up with a software that was able to capture this information and store it in a structured manner so that could be used to find the most appropriate treatment for patients. In the market at the time, it was difficult to make good use of the data that had been collected because it was not centralized and comprehensive. Eric assisted in streamlining this data to make it efficient for use.
He believes that soon doctors will be able to come up with cures for diseases such as cancer through the use of structured data. He further states that if clinical and molecular data are combined and analyzed intensively the secret behind critical diseases such as cancer can be found and treatment secured. With the data being updated in real time, patients will be able to receive informed treatment solutions from their doctors through analysis of their gathered data and progress reports.
Eric Lefkofsky was born and bred in Michigan. He is a lawyer by profession although he hardly involves himself in that field of work. He is a Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to this achievement, he had graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991. He later relocated to Chicago to further his career at Tempus where he holds the Chief Executive Officer position. He is continuously working on advancing the analytic platform at Tempus in order to assist people to get precise medicine for their diseases.
Eric has worked for many institutions and companies including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lurie’s Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business among others. He has held different positions in these places.