A highly innovative approach to the diagnosis and treatment of Cancer, it comes as no surprise to learn that the man behind Tempus is none other than Eric Lefkofsky.
A longtime advocate in finding a cure for cancer, over his lifetime Lefkofsky has donated millions of dollars in support of cancer treatment, study and research. But it was that same innovative spirit of his that founded Groupon, InnerWorkings and Mediaocean that he used to brainstorm his way to a unique and new approach to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. And Tempus truly is unique and innovative.
In a nut shell, Tempus is a technology platform that utilizes a database of patient information and in real time transforms the interaction of analytics and machine learning in to data driven decisions. With each new bit of patient information and research data that is introduced into the database, Tempus become more capable in its decision making and recommendations.
As part of the Tempus service, patients provide blood and tissue samples to the Tempus lab for DNA and RNA sequencing. The subsequent results are then added to the Tempus database where the genetic makeup of the cancerous cells are compared to normal cells thus providing an expanded ability to identify the gene mutation of the specific cancer. This however, demonstrates only the first contribution that Tempus provides in the treatment of cancer.
In addition to patient genetic test results, the Tempus database is also populated with patient diagnosis, information on FDA approved treatment methods, patient treatment records, treatment results and other such pertinent information. Combined, Tempus is able to provide doctors with useful information regarding the best treatment options for their specific gene mutation and informed information on how the patient may respond to the various prescribed treatments. And with each new piece of information that is added to the Tempus database comes a raise in the confidence level of the diagnosis and treatment recommendations provided to physicians who utilize the system.
The final component that Tempus brings to both the physician and patient is an instant library of information regarding their specific cancer. The Tempus data base is kept up to date with all the latest information and literature regarding cancer research and treatment. Not only is this information used in the analytical portion of Tempus to help identify a particular cancer and determine treatment, literature is also transmitted with the diagnosis for use by the physician and the patient where applicable.
It was through the innovative mind and philanthropic spirit of Eric Lefkofsky that Tempus came to fruition. Through this technology driven system, he took on cancer by transforming the approach and modernizing the method to which cancer in patients is diagnosis, identification and treated.