Cancer has been a medical menace for the past few decades. The most discouraging part of the entire problem is the fact that very little has been achieved when it comes to getting a suitable treatment or cure for the disease. However, the apparent lack of success does not mean that the medical community is not trying everything that they can to get solutions. One of the people that have been at the forefront in looking for these functional cures is Erick Lefkosky. He co-founded the Tempus Initiative in a bid to get technologically proven treatments for long term illnesses.
Erick believes that genome sequencing might be a key to getting treatment for all severe illnesses in time. He states that different diseases affect people differently depending on their genetic makeup. He recommends that genetic information which is unique to each patient needs to be captured before they go through the process of treatment for any long-term or serious illness. When the mapping has been done beforehand, the potential complications that can arise from the procedure will be predicted, and solutions will be sought for previously. It will make caregiving easier for medical practitioners, and will also make a recovery more manageable for the patients.
Erick Lefkosky has always had an entrepreneurial mind. He started his first company when he was in college. The company, known as Brandon Apparel was involved with the sale of upholstery and related interior décor products. They had borrowed the capital that they needed for the project from their families. When he graduated from the college, he started another company by the name of Innerworkings. The company gave procurement services to SMEs. In 2012, the company went public through a very successful IPO. He was also involved in the creation of Echo Global Statistics, which deals with cargo and freight services. Echo Global is also listed on NASDAQ.
The applications created by Tempus make it possible for doctors and other caregivers to check the progress of a patient during treatment. Erick is an avid giver. Some of the charities he contributes to include the Chicago Children’s hospital where he works as a board member.