Eric Lefkofsky’s Technological Fight Against Cancer

Eric Lefkofsky has continued to lead efforts that battle against the complex disease that is cancer. Co-founder and current CEO of Tempus, a technology company that has developed an operating system to fight cancer, Lefkofsky is on the front lines with a new weapon against the disease. His company, Tempus, allows a cancer patient to receive personalized care by arming their physician with a powerful tool: data collected by Tempus from top academic institutions around the country as well as most cancer centers.

Lefkofsky’s aim is to tap into the enormous amounts of data being collected through the use of a technology that would allow for the discovery of patterns. These patterns would give clues as to how to better improve cancer treatment through therapies that have previously proven successful.

Tempus allows physicians to weed out effective, personalized methods of treatment thanks to a machine learning platform that combines both molecular data and the many clinical records being collected. At Tempus personalized medicine can be obtained thanks to this technology that allows for gene-sequencing and deep data analysis.

The Lefkofsky Foundation was founded in 2006 by Lefkofsky and his wife. The foundation was meant to provide support to organizations worldwide that focused on charity, science, and education. Then in 2013, the pair became members of a campaign called The Giving Pledge, an organization meant to entice wealthier people to donate a large chunk of their funds to philanthropic causes.

Eric Lefkofsky also maintains a huge social media presence which keeps him an active member and listener in his community and field, allowing him to continue to grow and learn. It is with the help of his social media platforms that he is able to remain an active participant in his battle against cancer.

Lefkofsky never forgets his roots. His hometown of Chicago is ever-prospering from his ventures, including Lightbank, a financial organization that encourages the development of new businesses in Chicago. He also works as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, encouraging and teaching about entrepreneurship. Through this work and more, he has contributed to the growth and development of the industry of technology-based and medical-based businesses and helped to aid in the success of many businesses around the country.

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