Eric Lefkofsky Tackles The Complex Task Of Creating A Genomic Database

While oncologists have the cancer therapy company’s research studies to determine how patients will likely respond to the treatment, Eric Lefkofsky wants physicians to have additional data readily available. He saw that oncologists had genomic information, but they only had their patient’s data; there was no easy way to determine how patients with similar DNA and RNA makeup responded to a given treatment. In addition, oncologists did not have immediate access to the medical records of patients who did not respond to a specific therapy. If the response rate was poor among patients who also took a specific drug for another condition, doctors would find this information helpful.

Lefkofsky’s startup, Tempus, created a database for oncologists with data that no one ever aggregated before, which he presented at the Fortune Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego. “My goal is to get most people starting in oncology and then those working on neurological disorders to use our platform to collect data for analysis,” Lefkofsky told Fortune, which should please neurologists.

An entrepreneur since college, Lefkofsky founded or co-founded multiple companies, typically with Bradley Keywell, his business partner. Lefkofsky’s successes include InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, Uptake Technologies, Groupon, where he serves as chair and Lightbank, a venture capital firm. Although Lefkofsky is a serial entrepreneur, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He explains his method for developing technology-based companies in his book Accelerated Disruption. At Tempus, Lefkofsky serves as CEO. Currently, Tempus is busy building new collaborations with cancer centers nationwide.Established in 2006, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, created by Lefkofsky and his wife Liz, began supporting the arts, medical research and education programs. While the charitable trust supports organizations nationwide, Eric and Liz focus on Chicago area causes. In addition, Lefkofsky serves as a board member for World Business Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry.

 

 

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