Eric Leftkofsky is the co-founder of the company Tempus. Tempus is a company that specializes in data-enabled precision medicine. Eric also co-founded Groupon, but Tempus has a personal meaning to him due to his wifes condition.
Erics wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. That is when he found out about the mess that is data collection and digital technology. There was so much data about patients and their treatments, but there was no effective way to gather that information and put it to use. Now in steps Tempus. They waned to revolutionize the way that cancer care was delivered. And while they have discovered ways to analyze a patients clinical and molecular data, it didn’t come easy. Problems are bound to happen when you are talking about such a huge project, and initially there was a few of them. Ensuring that this information was affordable and accessible was problematic from the start. Plus, making sure that this sensitive information about patients was stored. Luckily, these hurdles were solved with Tempus creating its own software to ensure that a physicians notes could be transformed into structured data. Other procedures, such as human genome sequencing, used to be expensive, and unattainable by the average working person. Fortunately, companies like Tempus are helping drive the price down from the $100 million it was in 2003 to the $5000 it is today, plus it is expected to continue to lower. Tempus continues to make strides in the data-enabled precision medicine field, and hopes to help doctors pair patients with treatment more accurately.
Leftkofsky was born in Southfield, Michigan in 1969. He attended, and graduated from the University of Michigan before partaking in the dot-com revolution. Tempus headquarters is located in Chicago, which is where he spends most of his time. He has held several teaching positions over the years at different business and management schools, and now teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.