Eric Lefkofsky : Battling the Beast

Eric Lefkofsky is a wildly successful entrepreneur and his most recent adventure is surly to help change peoples lives. His most recent startup is Tempus, founded in 2015. Tempus will help fight cancer by giving doctors at the University of Chicago data to help treat breast cancer patients. Their goal is to analyze data from roughly 1,000 patients suffering from breast cancer. This data will help doctors to prescribe patients personalized treatment plans. The data will also allow doctors and researchers to discover patterns allowing them to hypothesize how a patient will respond to the prescribed treatment plan.

Even though breast cancer is among one of the most common cancers, it is argued that there isn’t enough data on the millions of patients who have suffered through treatment of the horrific disease. Because of the lack of data Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, a professor of medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago, indicates that, as it stands, physicians have to prescribe treatment plans to their patients without knowing specific genetic information. He argues that knowing this information will help physicians make accurately targeted decisions to help their patients defeat the cancer.

Tempus is also partnering with Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Of Northwestern University, the Mayo Clinic, Rush University Medical Center, Penn Medicine and the University of Michigan to collect and use data to help fight cancer.

Among his other entrepreneurial adventures, Eric Lefkofsky with his wife Liz also founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. According to the foundations website, their goal is to “advance high-impact programs, initiatives and research to enhance the quality of human lives.” They do this by improving access to quality education, helping to improve human rights, medical research and other cultural initiatives.

Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As if he isn’t busy enough, Eric Lefkofsky is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago; and is a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, World Business Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry and what Eric knows.

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