There appears to be a real change going on in the medical world and Chicago’s data-driven entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky appears to be playing a role. Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus, a technology company that is seeking to change how patients and healthcare professionals alike approach the world of cancer care. Tempus made headlines in 2015 when the company was first created and since then Tempus has been on a rocketing trajectory that has culminated in its Unicorn status. Now valued at over $1 billion, Tempus is the rare Chicago-based start-up that has succeeded in scoring a Unicorn classification. Tempus was in the news yet again after another round of successful investing and there appears to be some serious momentum on the company’s side.
Eric Lefkofsky and his team of nearly 400 employees have tapped into an important facet of the healthcare world: big data. Data is the key to so many important aspects of our lives and it only makes sense that someone would come along and try to use it in such an important field like that of medicine. Tempus is seeking to be the big data provider for healthcare specialists in relation to curating, collecting, and making data relating to cancer care all the more accessible. By digitizing notes, compiling ongoing cancer treatment information, and putting it into a database, Tempus is creating a system that can fundamentally change lives. Tempus also works to collect molecular data, as well.
Lefkofsky says of his work at Tempus, “I think the traction we have had with everybody in the industry has been kind of amazing.” Information is the key to most problems and Tempus seems tapped in and willing to provide it for the world of cancer care. This field is obviously one that is important to many people, not the least of which Lefkofsky himself, and Tempus is succeeding in Chicago with their renewed attention. Tempus recently secured an additional $80 million in funding from T. Rowe Price Associates, Kinship Trust Co, New Enterprise Associate sand finally Revolution Growth. Tempus is additionally adding 30 new employees per month to their roster with more projected growth in the coming year.Eric youtube channel