Erick Lefkofsky : Cancer Fighting Startup Partners with Healthcare Organization

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.

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Dick DeVos Finds Inspiration In His Own Children To Push For Education Reform

We often hear much about the way philanthropists provide funding and their time to specific causes, but we rarely hear much about why these wealthy donors feel so strongly about a specific subject; I was, therefore, pleased to read about the reasons why Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have devoted so much of their time to the education reform movement over the last three decades. Among the information I found in an interview with Betsy DeVos from Philanthropy Roundtable was that the couple first became interested in changing the education system in the U.S. when their own children were of school age and they visited the Potter’s House Christian School close to the DeVos family home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The chance to explore the reasons why Dick DeVos chose to stand for election to the Michigan Board of Education in the early 1990s when he was at the height of his business career; Dick DeVos understood the difficulties of many families in providing their children with the chance to get a high quality education and decided to devote much of his life to supporting the cause of education reform far from his own state of Michigan.

 

I believe there is much to admire in the life and work of Dick DeVos, which I believe shows us the values he hopes to live his own life by and pass on to those he influences through his philanthropic work. Among the projects Dick has taken the time to become personally involved in are the Acton Institute that is based in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Wikipedia page of Dick DeVos explains the Acton Institute think tank bases its work on the development of individual liberty and add traditional religious principles to the lives of the people of the world. The work Dick DeVos has begun with the Acton Institute has been continued with his work for the Willow Creek Association that is dedicated to bringing traditional American values back to the lives of the people of the U.S.