If you’re not already familiar with Tempus, it is a leading biotechnology company that has made it their mission to combine technology and medicine to help streamline patient care, most notably in the field of oncology. The company is headed by Eric Lefkofsky, an enterprising businessman who found tremendous success in the e-commerce market with companies like Groupon, Innerworkings, and other startup businesses. And if past performance is indicative of future results, Tempus will be yet another success.
To further illustrate this point, Lefkofsky has never been one to shy away from new opportunities; you needn’t only look to Innerworkings, a company that leveraged the power of technology to become one of North America’s leading technology-based transportation/supply chain management companies, to see how committed he is creating success in any given industry. The same holds true for Groupon, which is a business that leverages the buying power of multiple consumers to help drive down costs for individual shoppers. That said, Eric Lefkofsky is a businessman that believes in “thinking outside” the box and meeting challenges head-on.
All of that aside, let’s now focus our attention on Tempus, a company committed to streamlining the way physicians collect patient data. Lefkofsky, through careful research, recognized that despite having the ability to collect patient data, many physicians didn’t have the means to analyze it, which was detrimental to the patients they were treating. To that end, Lefkofsky, along with the team at Tempus, worked to create a genomic cancer library that allows physicians to not only analyze but also compare patient DNA.
Why is this beneficial? Well, a genomic cancer library makes it possible for physicians to quickly assess the genetic similarities between patients diagnosed with the same type of cancer. This creates an opportunity to streamline treatment regimens while also eliminating trial and error.
Eric Lefkofsky’s involvement with Tempus is in no way surprising to those who know him best. In fact, in 2006 he and his wife launched the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, an organization aimed at supporting charitable organizations that share in his vision of fighting, treating and, hopefully, finding a cure for cancer.
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