Eric Lefkofsky; Entrepreneurship of Purpose

There is a startup that is rising to take the fight against cancer to the next level. The startup is known Tempus. The enterprise has discovered the Achilles’ heel in the war against cancer. By now cancer is one of the diseases that are responsible for high mortality rates. What slows the advancement in therapies that could treat cancer more effectively is the information gap of cancer patients who have fought the disease.

There are over 50 million cases of cancer patients that are reported. Datasets on cancer patients are from a paltry 20,000 patients. So that doctors can scale up the concept of personalized healthcare, there is a need for data from more patients to be gathered and analyzed to draw meaningful patterns. Doctors can then exploit this patterns to avail more targeting medication.

Tempus is a company that was founded for this exact reason. Recently the company established a strategic partnership with the University of Chicago’s department of medicine. In the partnership, Tempus is to provide genomic sequences, phenotypic and therapeutic data sampled from 1,000 breast cancer patients. The data will be used for research so as to establish meaningful patterns in patients undergoing various therapies. In future, this data will be utilized in design more efficient treatments.

Dr. OlufunmilayoOlopade paints a grim picture of the availability of research data in the field of oncology. So that the war against cancer is worn, more involvement in research is the only way to go.

Eric Lefkofsky is an American businessman and philanthropist. He has business interests in the field of technology having founded several successful enterprises in the same area. He attained a law degree from the University of Michigan. Together with his friend Kenwell, they are the brains behind technology businesses such as Groupon, Uptake, and Lightbank.

Mr. Eric is also very charitable. He runs the LFF, a family foundation known as the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. It began operations in the dawn of the year 2006. The organization is responsible for creating initiatives that seek to alleviate illiteracy, protect human rights and make advancements in the field of medicine.