When Eric Lefkofsky came in close contact with cancer treatment, he was surprised at the slow uptake of technology in the healthcare sector. Despite the much attention given to electronic health record systems, Lefkofsky was surprised to find that the sector had not embraced modern technology that could help achieve better healthcare and treatment results. The main thing that caught Eric Lefkofsky’s attention was the gap that exists between data collection and digital technology. While much personal medical data of patients are collected in hospitals, very little technology exists to use this data to facilitate the enhancement of healthcare provision. Thus, seeking to make a change, Lefkofsky cofounded Tempus.
Tempus is a medical technology company whose sole aim is to improve healthcare provision by facilitating the production of precision medication through the proper and more effective collection of patient data. They have developed a platform which allows for the effective analysis of patients’ molecular and clinical data. Upon such analysis, hospitals and medical practitioners can develop treatment plans and methods that are specific to each patient’s specific condition. Tempus has concentrated its efforts on the development of health solutions for the treatment of cancer. They recognize that each cancer patient has different conditions and is at different advancement levels of the disease which make it necessary for customized treatment for each patient if the best results are to be achieved. A one fits all approach to cancer treatment is detrimental to the achievement of best results, making the services provided by Tempus increasingly necessary.
Eric Lefkofsky was born in the state of Michigan in 1969 but has since relocated to Chicago. He graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan in 1991 in Ann Abor and proceeded to pursue a Masters’ Degree in Law from the same institution two years later. He, however, shunned a career in law to go into the technology industry where he soon emerged as a major player. Over the years, he has invested in tech startups that have grown to become multi-billion dollar companies such as Tempus and many others.
Eric Lefkofsky is a keen family man and philanthropist, advancing most of his charity work through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which he co-founded with his wife.