Eric Lefkofsky Recap

You could go to any cancer centre and ask how many of their patients were put on Herceptin over the last two years and how they were doing, and that information would not be readily available, they would need about three months, a grant and postdoc to provide you with the data requested. This was the point that Eric Lefkofsky made at the Fortune Brainstorming Health Conference on Wednesday.

He admitted that data was available, but stated that molecular data was only half the pieces in the puzzle; clinical data also need to be gathered. Phenotypic, therapeutic and outcome response data which refer to a person, the drugs they are taking and how they are responding to those drugs in combination with molecular data should be at the fingertips of doctors and clinicians and what Eric knows.

If all the data are integrated and easily accessible questions like why a treatment works for a certain percentage of patients and not the other, what age group are such patients in, do they have other health conditions will be better answered. Accessibility to such in-depth data would undoubtedly lead to better treatment of cancer.

“My goal is to get most people starting in oncology and then those working on neurological disorders to use our platform to collect data for analysis,” Lefkofsky said.

The whole idea behind Eric Lefkofsky’s start up company Tempus is to create a synergistic technology of electronic medical record and pathology systems. That takes medical data, make sense of it and send it back to its original source for validation and verification. Doctors and researchers can then use the concise patient data to do a better job.

Lefkofsky is Chairman and co-founder of Groupon. He is also co-founder of Lightbank, InnerWorkings, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, and Echo Global Logistics.

In 2006 Eric Lefkofsky and his wife established The Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a private charity committed to advance high-impact programs, initiatives and research that enhance the quality of human life in the communities served.

He is involved with The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and sits as chairman of the board of trustees of Steppenwolf Theatre Company also in Chicago.

Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor in 1993.

Other Reference: www.forbes.com/profile/eric-lefkofsky

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