In his article, An Operating System for Cancer, Eric Lefkofsky articulates that collaborative efforts between institutions, scientists and industry has been the biggest hurdle in finding the treatment for cancer. This is because the healthcare system is organized in such a way that it rewards those patenting and publishing as opposed to those that make diagnostic and drug discoveries. As a result, investigators are forced to build walls around their study and store information instead of distributing ideas and democratizing their discoveries. Eric Lefkofsky became one of the founding associates of Tempus to deal with this issue.
Eric Lefkofsky goes on further to explain that the battle against cancer will be fruitful when scientists, doctors, and technologists work together towards a common solution that involves contributing information and understanding to a collective system.Tempus is an organization that uses an operating system to help scientists in fighting cancer. Tempus has partnered with many universities and medical institutions in its journey to generate better treatment for conquering cancer.The latest partnering that Tempus has done includes that done in March 2017 to the University of Chicago. The collaboration is aimed at providing molecular sequencing and examination to University of Chicago’s breast cancer professionals to generate personalized treatment ideas for patients. The objective is that through time the generated data will help lead to enhanced treatment and enriched patient outcomes.
Breast Cancer still stands as the most common type of cancer that kills millions; however, very little genetic data on it exists. Physicians cannot make adequate treatment decisions because of the little information. The partnership between these two establishments will alleviate the lack of information and will result in informed and accurately targeted decisions by the medics.Tempus start-up was established in 2015 and came out of stealth in 2016. Its headquarters are located at 600 W. Chicago, where other Lefkofsky’s other projects such as Lightbank, Groupon, and Drivin are situated.