Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer. One of the challenges of treating this deadly disease is that all patients do not react to treatments in the same way. This is where companies like Eric Lefkkofsky’s Tempus enter the picture. Tempus is a 2015 startup based in Chicago, Illinois.
In a recent article, ChicagoInno reports that Tempus has partnered with the University of Chicago School of Medicine to fight breast cancer. Tempus will collect gnomic data from a sample of 1,000 breast cancer patients. The firm will use genomic sequencing to analyze the data. This data can be then be correlated with treatment outcomes. The goal is to identify patterns that will enable doctors to predict how a patient will respond to a specific treatments for breast cancer. Ultimately, physicians will be able to create customized treatment plans based on the genetic makeup of individual patients. The ChicagoInno article notes that Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, a professor at the University of Chicago, says that this project will fill in a gap in information doctors need about breast cancer that is important to achieve better patient outcomes.Tempus has also partnered with other major medical facilities. These include the Mayo Clinic and centers at Northwestern University, Rush University and the University of Michigan.
Eric Lefkofsky is co-founder of Tempus, but he is no stranger to the world of innovative startups. He is probably best known as the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the global e-commerce firm Groupon. Lefkofsky is also a founder of Lightbank, which is described as a venture capital firm specializing in disruptive technologies. Still another of his innovative startups is MediaOcean, which is a leader in providing media products.Eric Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan and earned a juris doctorate from University of Michigan Law School. Lefkofsky is also a philanthropist. He and his wife established the Lefkofsky Family charitable foundation in 2006. He also serves as a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and other public-spirited institutions.