Tempus, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, seeks to allow for data-driven medicine. With electronic health records, most would assume how patient information is stored and accessed has kept up with the rest of the advancements in medical technology. Unfortunately, it has not and there are significant gaps in accessible information that has already been collected but has not been made easily attainable.
Tempus is an operating system for everything relating to patient care. It makes traditional information able to be read and cross-referenced and also encourages the collection of less traditional data like individual genetic sequencing. While at one time costing millions of dollars, the process of sequencing one’s entire genome is around $5,000 and dropping thanks to projects like Tempus. By knowing someone’s genetic makeup, doctors can not only find the best treatments suitable to your body’s makeup, but they can also prevent disease by knowing what you are genetically predisposed to. Being able to collect and analyze this data on a world wide basis could lead to better treatments and potentially cures for not only cancer, but almost possibly every disease.
Eric Lefkofsky, co-founder of Groupon who stepped down from position of CEO to Chairman to invest more time into Tempus, did not think about how medical information was stored and processed until his wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer. He witnessed first hand how much information was lost between visits and specialists. With around 40 percent of adults being diagnosed with cancer within their lives, he knew he needed to fix the system and streamline it.
A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, Lefkofsky and his wife have vowed to donate over half of his earnings over his lifetime by joining the Giving Pledge. In recent years he has already donated millions to different cancer-related causes. He also co-founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation with his wife in 2006. It has four areas of focus: human rights, education, the arts, and medical research. The foundation has a particular interest in initiatives that improve the lives of the children in the area the charity serves.
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