Eric Lefkofsky

What are the recent data on cancer?
The number of patients that are being diagnosed with cancer has been growing rapidly in the recent years. Research shows that cancer is preference among the adults compared to children. Findings of a research that involved an analysis of 740,990 persons, results showed that 25 percent of adults above the age of 65 who had been diagnosed with cancer had a history of cancer, through family ties compared to 11 percent of adults below 65 years. Data from research institutes have indicated that the population of cancer survivors is rising and more understanding of the nature and impact of cancer history for patients could be pivotal in ensuring that there is a better clinical trial, ability to generalize results of sample populations, disease results and each patient’s experience. There has been a new trend where cancer survivors are no longer included in trials and observation based research.

What were the conclusions of the research?
The research concluded that a significant number of patients who had been diagnosed with incident cancer within the United States had a history of a previous cancer. Patients who had survived a prior cancer were not included in clinical trials and given less observational research and this has created a knowledge gap on their survivorship needs. Knowledge on how such patients survive is important in ensuring that there is improvement in clinical trials, generalization, patient experience, and illness outcome.

Eric Lefkofsky’s Profile
Eric Lefkofsky is the current CEO and co-finder of Tempus. Tempus is a company that focuses on using technology to develop an operating system to help in fighting and managing cancer. Eric is also a co-founder of a Lightbank. Lightbank is a business firm that specializes in investing resources on disruptive technologies.

Eric is also a co-founder of two other companies, Groupon and Uptake Technologies. Groupon is a global e-commerce marketplace platform while Uptake Technologies specializes in predictive analytics and serves the world’s largest industries.