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How Eric Lefkofsky Is Bringing Data And Machine Learning To Cancer Care

Eric Lefkofsky is a Chicago, Illinois-based entrepreneur. The latest company he co-founded is Tempus Labs which was established in 2015. As the chief executive officer of this company his mission is to bring data and machine learning to cancer care. Cancer is tough to treat because it fools the body’s defense mechanism into thinking it is normal. This means the body on its own cannot fight off cancer.

Even though his company was established less than three years ago it is already ranked as one of the top ten health technology companies in Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky says that is because of the vast amount of data his company has compiled about cancer, and continue to compile going forward. He has forged collaborative relationships with hospitals and universities across the United States. Oncologists use this data to pinpoint what exact treatment a patient will best respond to in order to destroy the cancer in their body.

Before Tempus Labs each patient’s data was just in a medical record. Nobody had ever brought all of this information together to figure out on a genetic level so that they can parse out patterns and what therapies have been most effective over the years. EricLefkofsky’s company gathered all of this information together in a database the oncologists can now access. It gives them real-time information for what therapy will work best for each individual patient they are seeing, removing much of the guesswork.

Eric Lefkofsky has been founding tech companies for almost two decades. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, including both his bachelor’s and law degrees. Likely the best-known company he has co-founded was Groupon, the online deals website. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but has spent most of his professional life in the greater Chicago area.

As a philanthropist, Eric Lefkofsky and his wife established the Lefkofsky Foundation. They donate generously to many causes, particularly those aimed at children. They have donated to scientific and educational organizations around the world which are seeking to solve big societal problems. He also donates his time by serving on the board of a number of nonprofits.

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