There is no doubt that a huge percentage of people nowadays are succumbing to cancer-related complications. Although there have been tremendous efforts by researchers and scientists to bring this menace to a halt, still there are gaps that need to be filled. According to Eric Lefkofsky, the CEO and the co-founder of Tempus, there is the lack of adequate data that is required by doctors to treat various types of cancer successfully. Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference held in San Diego, Erick said that what is missing is a source to combine genomic data with therapeutic data.
According to Erick, researchers strive to collect only one type of data, which has not borne significant fruits in the fight against cancer. He continued to say that, gathering molecular data is not enough, researchers also need clinical, therapeutic and outcome response data. Therefore, it means that besides knowing about the patient’s RNA and DNA information, clinicians should strive to know which treatments the patients are taking and how they are responding to it.For instance, if one is doing research on a group of breast cancer patients receiving Herceptin, then they should be in a position to explain why it works on say 40% and not on 60% of the patients. The researcher should be able to explain what is going on with the patients who are not responding to the treatment. Eric Lefkofsky gave a case scenario where if a researcher went to any cancer center and requested data of patients who underwent Herceptin treatment, they would need a grant and at least three months to access the information. He said that there should be a free flow of data between clinicians, researchers, and other people engaging in the fight against cancer.
Tempus is a technology firm that has built an operating system to fight cancer. Eric Lefkofsky is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus. He has co-founded other companies such as the Lightbank. Lightbank is a venture fund that has invested in disruptive technologies. After creating a successful empire, Eric Lefkofsky decided to give back to the society where he served through his Family Foundation, which he launched in 2006. Through his devotion to serving humanity, Eric Lefkofsky has been tasked with high-ranking positions in the Society where he serves as the Chairman and a Trustee of the board for several organizations.