The work of the Chicago based Tempus labs is poised to revolutionize cancer care through its big data analytics technology. Co-founded by entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus Labs works with several of the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive cancer center throughout the U.S. and is among the nation’s leading health tech start-ups.
Tempus does cancer testing, performs liquid biopsies on cell-free DNA, sequencing of tumor and germline DNA in patients, sequencing of patient and tumor RNA, uses drugs to test tumor cells organoid cultures and immune system characterization. Tempus technology also handles machine learning of information from pathology reports, medical imaging as well as electronic medical records.
The company is included on the list of the 10 most impactful technologies compiled each year by Dr. Eric Topol. The list also includes a groundbreaking new deep-learning algorithm used to diagnose skin cancer, the KardiBand watch which diagnoses atrial fibrillation, gene editing and therapy biotechnologies and two amazing new sensors for monitoring blood glucose levels and directly dosing insulin.
Other innovations on the list include rapid pathogen sequencing technology which enables public health agencies to respond faster to disease outbreaks, CAR T immunotherapy for treating cancer patients, AI technology which offers faster, less expensive and more accurate eye disease diagnoses, the blood pressure watch, as well as the two drugs, tisagenlecleucel-T for use treating children and young patients suffering with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and Axicabtageneciloleucel for treating the aggressive form of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In addition to co-founding Tempus Labs, University of Michigan Law School graduate Eric Lefkofsky co-founded numerous other companies including Groupon. Lefkofsky lives in Chicago and is on the board of World Business Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Museum of Science and Industry. Eric Lefkofsky wrote the book ‘Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation’. He’s currently a University of Chicago adjunct professor at its Booth School of Business.
Eric Lefkofsky created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The organization has helped provide education, medical care, food, clothing, shelter and more for children and adults in need around the globe.