Tempus is a technology startup dedicated to developing systems that analyze biotech data. The firm aims to improve treatment outcomes for patients with diseases such as cancer and leukemia. It was established by the co-founding CEO Eric Lefkofsky in 2015. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon, an internet marketplace company based in Chicago. Tempus data analytics efforts are enabling the University of Chicago to improve service delivery to breast cancer patients.The firm will provide genome sequencing and analysis to allow customized therapy options. Tempus will utilize a comprehensive database obtained from hundreds of breast cancer patients.
The data sets will then be subject to a machine learning and molecular sequencing process to enable doctors to make quicker decisions and offer personalized therapy options. The analysis will provide insights into patterns that will empower doctors to predict a patient’s response to specific treatments.Tempus is working on providing reliable data and the software technologies to help manipulate and analyze the data on demand. Besides working with the University of Chicago, the company is also in partnership with The Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Michigan and Rush University Medical Center among other organizations. This comes in the backdrop of increased need to adopt technology in the medical arena, which has not quite taken off.
Eric Lefkofsky is also associated with numerous companies such as Lightbank, a venture capital firm based in Chicago and Echo Global Logistics, a technology company with a focus on transportation systems and supply chain management. He co-founded the two companies with Brad Keywell. He also has interests in Uptake, a data analytics platform; Innerworkings, a marketing services company; and Mediaocean, a technology company serving advertising and media firms.Eric Lefkofsky is an active philanthropist through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. He co-founded the non-profit together with his wife, Liz, in 2006. He is also associated with The Giving Pledge and World Business Chicago. He has written the book “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation” published in 2007. He also works for Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.