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Cancer treatment is dependent on good data. In order to achieve that goal, doctors need multiple sets of data.

Tempus, a data-driven healthcare startup co-founded by tech guru Eric Lefkofsky is creating databases specializing in the specific data cancer specialists need.

When screening for cancer, the data sets specialists need gets very complex. They need genomic information combined with therapeutic data. Then you need molecular data alongside clinical data. Plus you need therapeutic and outcome response data. Since cancer patients tend to have multiple treatments at once, clinicians need not only DNA and RNA, they also need how each patient is responding to each treatment.

One prime example of this interplay is cancer centers using Herceptin. What you would do is to see the data interplay is looking over 2 years. That would require a grant and 90 days. According to Lefkofsky, this type of information should be easily accessible to researchers, clinicians, and all other healthcare stakeholders.

What inspired Lefkofsky to start Tempus was his wife’s diagnosis wit breast cancer. Lefkofsky, being a veteran of successful data-driven startups like Groupon was amazed that a truck driver had better data than oncologists have access to.

As healthcare record become more digitalized, the idea of Tempus is to create a way for electronic medical record (EMR) and pathology systems to dissect the data and feed it back to the origin. This way patterns between treatment and results would be easier to discover.

Oncology is just the beginning of how Tempus seeks to revolutionize healthcare data. Lefkofsky sees Tempus being implemented in data collection and analysis for neurological disorders in addition to CRISPR (which is a method of gene editing).

About Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky is a veteran of the tech world. Prior to co-founding Tempus, he co-founded Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, and InnerWorkings and Eric’s lacrosse camp.

Eric Lefkofsky started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation and serves as a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago and more information click here.