Tempus is one step closer to using big data to fight cancer in a way we’ve never seen before. The technology company, founded by Eric Lefkofsky, is building a global operating system that will battle cancer through the power of data collection. Tempus announced a massive, 10-year partnership with CancerLinQ that contains oncology treatment results for over 600,000 cancer patients.
One goal of Tempus is to create the world’s first and largest library of cancer data and patient results. This library would be globally accessible and would allow physicians to search past patient data to create treatment plans for their patients that are customized unlike anything we have ever seen. Additionally, Tempus would utilize big data and machine learning to help create these treatment plans.
With the momentum Tempus has and the most recent partnership with CancerLinQ, it is likely that in coming years cancer treatment will surely meet big data. One of the issues Tempus is seeking to overcome is the fact that while a lot of data is being collected from each cancer patient, there is no centralized operating system that provides simple access to that data. This massive global library would make the data available to physicians everywhere.
CancerLinQ was originally the brainchild of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The partnership is the next crucial step to data access that will build the data library Tempus envisions.
Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus just two years ago. It has gone from a small healthcare tech startup with a great deal of momentum to one of the brightest starts on the healthcare horizon. Tempus has raised $130 million dollars, including personal investments from Lefkofsky.
Lefkofsky is a leader in the field of innovative startups. He is well known for founding Groupon as well as Uptake Technologies, a forward-facing upscale analytics platform.
Lefkofsky and his wife are passionate about philanthropy. The couple founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation together. The foundation has a broad range of initiatives including ones that fall in the human rights, education and art. He is the author of Accelerated Disruption, a book that has been widely received globally.
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