Nobody can deny that Eric Lefkofsky has made his mark on the world. He’s a billionaire with some of the world’s most successful start ups to his name. With all of that success, it certainly shows that he understands how to make a good business deal and that he’s willing to do everything it takes to succeed. He understands how to create a good startup very well and he wants to take that understanding to the world of medicine with Tempus. Tempus is helping doctors treat cancer in a much more effective way by helping them come up with personalized treatment plans for their patients. If this succeeds we may see an entirely new approach to medicine sprout up.
The most important part of treating cancer is understanding the individual patient. Cancer is a disease determined by a wide variety of factors and it’s absolutely important that the doctor have a great understanding of that person and how the disease is going to progress. This gives them the ability to fight it before it becomes something much more serious. The effectiveness of the approach is easy to see. Tempus is actually helping patients live longer lives and survive this disease at rates the otherwise would never have seen.
Eric Lefkofsky certainly has an ambitious goal. He wants to spearhead a movement in medicine and change the way we think about it. The current ideas about how to fight cancer seem antiquated to him. Instead of trying to find a way to solve every person’s cancer through one size fits all we need to start looking for solutions meant for each individual. If this proves successful, we’ll certainly see others try to follow his success and create similar personalized medicine approaches. This isn’t going to happen overnight but it’s goal to lead to an entirely new way of thinking about disease. People want to see a solution to their ills and he is offering one of the most efficient ways to combat the problem. Now, we only have to look at it over time to realize the potential there is for this method.