Without the concerted effort of all the stakeholders in the field of oncology, the fight against cancer cannot be worn. Cancer is already one of the biggest medical challenges of modern times. Most treatments that exist to treat the disease are highly invasive and do not achieve the same results with all the patients.
It’s against this backdrop that Eric Lefkofsky has set out his mission to provide more effective therapies to patients who are battling breast cancer. Through his enterprise called Tempus, Eric has signed an agreement with the University of Chicago so that he can provide them with, phenotypic, molecular sequences and therapeutic information of 1,000 cancer patients. This information will be vital for the development of person-specific therapies for each cancer patient. Eric Lekfofsky on Twitter.
In a regulated field such as medicine, lack of data is what derails the fight against diseases such as cancer. The partnership with the University of Chicago hopes to unearth useful patterns on the genetic and molecular makeup of patients and how they respond to various cancer therapies. The fact that only 20,000 datasets of cancer patients are available in the public healthcare space against a backdrop of over 50 million people who’ve fought cancer leaves a lot to be done.
According to Tempus’ co-founder, Mr Eric, it is through partnerships such the one between Eric’s enterprise, Tempus and the University of Chicago that the fight against cancer can be intensified.
Eric Lekfofsky is a distinguished entrepreneur who has successfully built startups that have dominated the technology space. Eric took his first step in business while at college. He sold carpets so that he could make some money for himself. Later he co-founded an e-commerce site called Groupon, a daily deals site, together with his friend Kenwell. The two later founded another startup called Uptake. Uptake was a business to business company that provided scientific data on how to run operations in a company and also how to ensure safety within an enterprise. The two are also the brainchild of Lightbank, an investment company with business interests in over 100 companies including the dating site Coffee Meets Bagel.
Lefkofsky is an alumnus of the University of Michigan from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree.