Tempus, an Eric Lefkofsky’s cancer fighting startup, plans on assisting doctors at the University of Chicago with data that will assist them in treating breast cancer patients better. Tempus publicized the partnership that will see the startup’s molecular analysis and sequencing provided to cancer specialists at UChicago. Tempus will analyze data collected from around 1,000 patients suffering from breast cancer. This will help researchers and doctors uncover the patterns that can help them predict how their patients react to the treatment administered.
Goals of the Partnership
Tempus stated that the goal of this partnership will be ensuring all its collected data helps in finding better treatment as well as improved outcomes. Dr. OlufunmilayoOlopade, the dean and professor of medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago, stated that despite breast cancer being common, there is little data collected from the millions of people suffering from it. Dr. Olopade added that this fact leads to many physicians making treatment decisions without having the benefit of consulting specific genetic information. This information will help them make precisely targeted and informed decisions. He was excited by the new partnership as it would benefit both the startup and the university in advancing the knowledge they have to fight cancer. UChicago is the latest in a number of partnerships that Tempus has made with several research centers in its efforts to use data in combating cancer.
About Eric Lefkofsky
Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur based in America. He is the co-creator as well as CEO of Tempus. He is also associated with other companies like Groupon, Lightbank, Echo Global Logistics, Uptake and Mediaocean.Lefkofsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.In 2006, Eric and his wife Liz founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The foundation supports scientific, educational and charitable causes and organizations worldwide with a bias towards children. He is also involved in a number of community activities.
Dr. Sergio Cortes has become an important figure in the well being and good health of the people of Brazil. Cortes has used many different platforms to pass information on to the people of Rio de Janeiro where he is the State Secretary for Health on a regular basis using his own blogs, Twitter and Linkedin accounts. The need for public health information is particularly important to Cortes at times of regional and national emergency when information is needed to keep people safe from harm.
Cortes has recently been explaining the issues facing Brazil and the people of the world after the outbreak of the Zika virus, which has led to an increase in medical conditions seen in adults and infants. The public calls for assistance and publishing of information have been important to Cortes for a number of years and were seen during the flooding emergency of 2013 in the Xerem area. Extra explains the work of Cortes during the emergency response in Xerem included keeping the people of the region, and the state as a whole informed of the situation on a regular basis.
Emergency situations often bring out massive calls for public donations during the initial stages of a natural disaster, such as the flooding in Xerem. The Xerem flooding was followed by calls for public help in the form of donations to aid the people of the region as the flood waters were subsiding; Dr. Sergio Cortes was influential on Exame in making sure the correct equipment was available at all times to ensure the public donated the correct items. Water was quickly identified by Cortes as of prime importance in keeping the people of the area safe and free of disease that can be caused by unclean water. The medical professional made sure the people of Brazil were aware that any donations to the area should include bottled water to keep the people of the area hydrated to a high level.
Sergio Cortes believes one of the best ways of ensuring the healthiest general public in Brazil is only achieved through the people of the area having the best knowledge possible about their own health. Cortes was responsible for the distribution of medical supplies given to the area by national agencies responsible for public health and ensured the least amount of problems were seen with outbreaks of disease caused by the 2013 flooding.