Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur in the tech sector who is now bringing his business skills to cancer care. His latest company, based in Chicago, Illinois, is Tempus, Inc., a company he co-founded with his longtime business partner. What they are building at Tempus is a vast database that contains information such as genomic code sequencing. All of this information is analyzed by algorithms to help doctors better treat patients. They’re bringing big data and machine learning to the world of healthcare.
There have been some big news stories about Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus of late. The first big news was that he was able to raise another $110 million to fund operations at Tempus and further what it can offer doctors. The other big news was that they are rolling out a mobile app that will give these doctors access to the clinical data they need to best treat their patients.
This new app is called Tempus Labs and is available on both Google Play and the App Store. Doctors across the country piloted this app, providing their input on what worked, what didn’t, and how it could be improved. The doctors who can use this app need to have ordered one of this company’s CLIA/CAP validated assays. This includes xT which provides analysis of 595, xO which has 1714 genes analyzed, and xE which analyzed the entire exome.
Eric Lefkofsky says that Tempus Labs allows physicians to see their patient’s clinical history right at the point of care. They are also provided with possible therapy options as well as any clinical trials that their patient may be eligible for.
Since his college days, Eric Lefkofsky has been an entrepreneur. He earned a law degree in 1994 at the University of Michigan Law School and soon entered the world of technology. Among the companies he has co-founded over the past 24 years are Echo Global Logistics, MediaBank, Lightbank, Uptake, and most Groupon. He also volunteers his time to several Chicago area nonprofits and operates the Lefkofsky Family Foundation which supports arts & culture, medical advances, human rights, and child education.