Cancer has taken millions of lives over the years and continued to spread like an epidemic all over the world. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are burning the midnight oil to find a cure to this terminal disease to save lives. Even though there has been a rapid advancement in the field of cancer therapies, there are many questions still unanswered, and many puzzles that remain unsolved. It is where the role of centralized and integrated data from cancer patients can play a significant role in helping the physicians and scientists to provide better cancer treatment.
Eric Lefkofsky, better known as the founder and Chairman of GrouponInc, a company that aggregates merchant deals to pass on the benefits to the consumers, is also the co-founder of Tempus. Tempus is dedicated to gathering cancer-related data in a segregated and organized manner that would make it usable for the physicians and the cancer-based scientists. Eric Lefkofsky believes that there is ample amount of patient data available, but no proper source where therapeutic and genomic information can be available at one place. He further explained in detail how there is an urgent need for such source of accurate patient data in San Diego at the Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference.
Mr Lefkofsky told what Tempus does and how it gathers and provides molecular, clinical, therapeutic, and outcome response data at one place. He says that such data would help in knowing why one medicine works for some patients while not working or mildly working with other cancer patients. Eric stated that such data should be readily available to the researchers so that they can pinpoint the problem with the therapies and know what is lacking so that they can fill the void.
Eric Lefkofsky is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States, and apart from being the co-founder of GrouponInc and Tempus, he is also the founding partner at Lightbank, a venture capital firm and Uptake Technologies, one of the most sought after predictive analytics platform. He is also the founder of Mediaocean, a company that offers media procurement technology, and InnerWorkings, a leading company providing print, media, and promotional solutions.