Eric Lefkofsky Startup Tempus to Help in Cancer Fight

Technology company Tempus, founded in 2015 by Eric Lefkofsky, wants to provide doctors at the University of Chicago data to assist in treatment of patients with breast cancer.Tempus has announced a partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine to provide molecular sequencing and analysis to breast cancer specialists to help them tailor individualized treatment plans for patients. Tempus will analyze data from about 1,000 breast cancer patients to assist in uncovering patterns to predict how patients will respond to treatment.Tempus uses machine learning and genomic sequencing to help with the treatment plans. The goal is for this information to lead to better treatment and patient outcomes.

Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, professor of medicine and human genetics and dean for global health at the University of Chicago, said in a statement that specific genetic data could help physicians make better informed and targeted treatment decisions.In recent months, Tempus has entered into partnerships with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, the Mayo Clinic, Rush University Medical Center, Penn Medicine and the University of Michigan to use information to battle cancer.In addition to acting as the CEO of Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky is also a founding partner of Lightbank and the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics and InnerWorkings.

In 2006 Eric Lefkofsky established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable foundation to advance high-impact initiatives that enhance lives in the communities served. Among other positions, Lefkofsky serves as a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and author of Accelerated Disruption. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.