There are few areas of research more important than the work medical professionals are working on in regards to cancer. Cancer is one of the mot terrifying words a person can hear and there are so dreadfully little that we don’t know as of yet. Eric Lefkofsky co-founder of Groupon, has recently shifted his focus toward the medical research field relating to cancer. Lefkofsky recently spoke at the Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference which occurred in San Diego this year.
The biggest issue with cancer research is that for every thing medical professionals learn, there is a dozen different things that can crop up to further obfuscate the field. A research can look deeply into a medication such as Herceptin and find out that it successfully treats 40% of their patients. The question then follows: What happened to the other 60% of people? Patient data is plentiful but the unfortunate truth is that there is no great ways for professionals to dig into it. This is where Eric Lefkofsky and his work at Tempus come into play.
Lefkofsky co-founded and is the operating CEO at Tempus. The goal of this new startup is to focus on establishing databases that pool together electronic medical records with an accessible interface. The goal of the company is to aggregate all of the data, verify it from its source, and put it back into a larger data pool that can be accessed by the people who need it for their research to learn more: https://www.tempus.com/about-us/ click here.
Eric Lefkofsky didn’t stumble upon the need for his work at Tempus, he was inspired by real life issues. When his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer Lefkofsky would see firsthand just how inefficient the current systems were. Lefkofsky remarked that truck drivers had better access to information that they needed. An enlightening comparison that Lefkofsky made included the medication Herceptin. Lefkofsky said that getting information regarding Herceptin usage would “need a grant and at least 90 days” to really dig in.
Eric Lefkofsky has found success in a variety of industries. He’s the co-founder at Tempus, the co-founder at Groupon, and the co-founder of Uptake Technologies.