Cancer has taken millions of lives globally and continues to be responsible for million more every year. The scientists, research scholars, researchers, and physicians are working hard to determine a cure to this disease that has become an international crisis in the medical field. Many of the big pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms are investing billions into the research of cancer therapies, and even though there have been positive developments taking place to control the disease to a great extent, no final cure is yet available to completely cure it different forms of cancer.
One of the major breakthroughs in the field of cancer therapies is recently provided by Tempus, a technology firm that deals in collecting, organizing, mining, and aggregating cancer-based data from various medical centers and hospitals. Tempus, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, who is widely known for his previous startup, GrouponInc, an e-commerce portal connecting consumers with merchants offering discounted deals. Groupon went on to become a huge success nationally and internationally, is presently worth well over $2 Billion.
Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference was recently held in San Diego, where Mr. Lefkofsky during his speech mentioned the importance of collecting cancer based data from various sources, organizing it in an integrated manner, and providing it as a free-flowing resource to the researchers and scientists. Eric Lefkofsky believes that when molecular, clinical, outcome response, and therapeutic data is available quickly and in an organized fashion to the researchers, the progress in the field of developing more effective cancer therapies would multiply itself enormously.
It would help in understanding clearly why some cancer therapies is effective on some patient, and why it doesn’t work as well with others. With the help of such data, physicians, oncologists, and researchers would be able to devise better cancer therapies and provide individualized treatment in correlation with the specific genome structure of different patients.
Eric Lefkofsky is a well-known serial entrepreneur and has started many other companies besides GrouponInc and Tempus, including Lightbank, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics and Uptake Technologies. He is also a passionate philanthropist and is the co-founder of Lefkofsky Family Foundation that is dedicated to helping people in need and empowering local communities through high-impact initiatives.