Tempus, the Big Data analytics company co-founded by entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky, has set a goal of becoming the largest cancer care data library in the world. To help accomplish this ambitious goal, the company has agreed to partner with New York based artificial intelligence startup Precision Health AI. This partnership gives Tempus access to CancerLinq, a database with 600,000 cancer patients treatment results. The American Society of Clinical Oncology created the CancerLinq database. The Tempus team believes having access to this data will help them identify patterns that lead to more effective cancer treatments.
Eric Lefkofsky says Tempus’ 10-year partnership with Precision Health AI is “groundbreaking” and will allow the company to interact with as much as 30% of cancer patients. Tempus has worked with about 50 top research hospitals, raised venture capital in excess of $130 million and built a team of 300 in the two years since its founding. The company created an analytical, interactive machine learning platform which allows doctors to provide cancer patients with personalized care. The Tempus technology does this by creating an organized database from unstructured data on patient treatment. The technology also helps drug companies improve cancer drug development.
CancerLinQ receives patient data from the oncology society in Alexandria, Virginia which collaborates with over 2,000 physicians from 100 hospitals and practices. Partnering with Tempus will enable them to better organize, analyze and use the data.
Eric Lefkofsky is a serial entrepreneur involved in co-founding many other companies. They include Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics and InnerWorkings. The Detroit, Michigan native co-founded his first company, Brandon Apparel, after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
Lefkofsky and Elizabeth, his wife, created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation to provide support for organizations involved in improving medicine, education, human rights, art and culture to improve people’s lives worldwide. He’s also a The Giving Pledge member and has committed to giving almost half his wealth to philanthropic causes. Eric Lefkofsky also is a board member for several Chicago social, cultural and educational institutions.