The Philanthropy of Eric Lefkofsky
Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and a published author of the book Accelerated Disruption. He is the Chief Executive Officer co-founder of a technology company known as Tempus and the co-founder and the Chairman of Lightbark, an investment venture funding disruptive technologies. He is also the co-founder of Groupon. He is dedicated to battling cancer through technology and the advancement of science.
Tempus was established to eradicate cancer. This is being done in two ways: the ability to sequence the DNA of cancer patients and utilizing the immune system through targeted therapies that genetically match the patients DNA. They are proactively trying to understand why some patients respond to immunotherapy and others do not. Their team of over 150 immunologists, geneticists and biologists along with engineers and data scientists combine data science with computer technology to analyze tumor biopsies utilizing visuals generated by the computer and the integration of DNA and RNA information to machine learning.
A state of the art lab was built at Tempus to sequence DNA and RNA. This lab is highly robotic and annually sequences samples from over 50,000 patients. This work is completed in 2 to 3 weeks. This data is analyzed at the molecular level in order to understand the biological nature of a patient’s tumor and treatment is specifically tailored to target and fight the cancer.
The company has been partnering with various hospitals and medical centers to enhance their own biotechnological capabilities. They believe that it is important to have this cutting edge technology available to their doctors and physicians in order to provide improved medical services as an option to their patients.
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