Tempus Founder Eric Lefkofsky Uses Technology To Fight Cancer
With the emergence of electronic health records, it has become obvious that technology is becoming an increasingly important part of the medical industry. That being said, Eric Lefkofsky, best known as Groupon’s original co-founder, created the Tempus firm after his own wife was diagnosed with cancer.
Her diagnosis brought about Eric’s desire to use technology to improve data collection, in order to help better treat patients. Thanks to Eric, Tempus was able to create a platform medical professionals could use to analyze the molecular and clinical patient data. In order to do so, they had to overcome accessibility problems concerning the data. The other hurdle they encountered was a discrepancy in the way patient data is gathered and saved.
The Tempus platform was created to revolutionize the treatment of cancer patients. It makes clinical care easier because it makes it possible to compare data in a way that answers many of the questions the medical community has about cancer treatments. The ultimate goal of Tempus is to make it easier for doctors to be able to figure out the most effective treatment for each of their cancer patients, regardless of the type of cancer they are suffering from.
The man behind the firm, Eric attended law school, yet went into the field of business technology instead. After acquiring many businesses and eventually heading up Groupon, Eric quit the company in order to build Tempus. He now serves as the firm’s CEO but has also been teaching business courses for DePaul University as well as Northwestern University. He is currently on staff at the School of Business at University of Chicago Booth. Eric teaches young entrepreneurs how to build their own businesses using technology. His students are urged to read the book that he wrote on the subject, called Accelerated Disruption.