When he started Tempus in 2015, Eric Lefkofsky had a goal of seeing that every cancer patient received personalized cancer care. Through the provision of genomic sequencing services and analysis of molecular and therapeutic data, Tempus empowers physicians to make real time and data-driven decisions. There was no better way the startup could achieve this than partnering with healthcare organizations in the country.
Partnership with Mayo Clinic
In this partnership, Tempus will work with Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine where the former will carry out sequencing and molecular analysis for 1000 Mayo patients. The patients are participants of the of immunotherapy studies relating to lung cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, and melanoma.
The sequencing will help guide future treatment options avoiding cases where patients receive treatment that may not work. Physicians, on the other hand, are hopeful that the partnership will increase survival rates of the patients.
Personalized Medicine Partnership with Northwestern Lurie Cancer Center
Lurie Cancer Center is designated as one of the country’s Comprehensive Cancer Center that is dedicated to fighting cancer through the provision of precision medicine. Recently, the Institute started a new initiative called OncoSET which has a goal of providing customized treatment and personalized care for all cancer patients. With the new partnership, Tempus will act as the partner providing genomic sequencing and analysis.
Benefits of the Partnerships
Tempus has partnered with other cancer centers including Ruth University Medical Center. These partnerships are a great way of collecting extensive data. From data gathered, physicians will be in a better position to realize mutation patterns. With this kind of information at hand, pathologist and oncologists will know which treatment will work for which patients.
Use of technological infrastructure that collects, analyzes, and stores data that matches clinical trials makes things easy for physicians. In this case, Tempus will be acting as an operating system for oncologists whereby they can use the data collected to decide the way forward.
Eric Lefkofsky Philanthropic Deeds
In addition to his dire need to support physicians in their quest for seeking a cure for cancer, Eric is involved in other charitable works. He mainly focuses his assets on helping medical research, health care, education, arts and culture, and human rights.
Eric contributes to these sectors through Eric Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable trust he started with his wife in 2006. When the foundation’s focus is supporting other charitable organizations around the world, most of the funds are focused on Chicago, Eric’s hometown.