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Eric Lefkofsky’s Tempus Partners Up with UChicago to Improve Breast Cancer Treatments

Despite the prevalence of breast cancer nationwide, doctors and patients have had very little specialized treatment knowledge for any one individual with the disease.

Now, Chicago entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky is working to change that by teaming up his health care start-up Tempus with doctors at the University of Chicago and other medical facilities across the country including the Rush University Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, Penn Medicine, and the University of Michigan.

Tempus’ work with the University of Chicago involves using advanced computer technology and molecular sequencing to analyze data from 1,000 breast cancer patients to detect patterns and suggest avenues for treatment. That information will then be provided to breast cancer specialists at the University who can use it to tailor better treatment plans for their own patients.

Tempus’ ultimate goal with this partnership is to improve patient outcomes, using data-driven, personalized treatment plans for each breast cancer patient. When Eric Lefkofsky created Tempus, he envisioned it utilizing computer technology and genomic sequencing and sharing that information with doctors to make sure they can create real-time solutions for their patients. To make sure Tempus’ findings are available to doctors, the start-up creates partnerships like this one and shares its medical research with those on the front lines of cancer treatment and Eric’s lacrosse camp.

Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Liz. In 2006, they created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a private charitable foundation that they run together, which contributes to several causes in their community, including the arts and medicine.

Eric Lefkofsky is best known as the co-founder and chairman of Groupon, the popular marketplace and deals website, but in the years since he has also become the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, and a founding partner of Lightbank, Uptake, and other technology-based firms which seek to change how technology lets us interact with our world and read full article.

Squaw Valley Looks To Complete Its Water Quality Return

The historic ski resort at Squaw Valley is well known for its location and impressive ski slopes, but a recent water quality issue has seen the resort forced to shut off the water supply to a small part of the resort’s Upper Mountain region. Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney was explaining the water quality issue to provide as much information as possible to the public and to reassure visitors are aware they face no possibility of being affected by the contaminated water; the contamination was caused by a major rain event that struck Placer County and caused an inundation of contaminated water flooding a number of wells in this area of California.


Liesl Kenney was quick to explain how the resorts own water quality safety procedures had proven a success, particularly as the E.Coli and Coliform found within the water was discovered and self reported before any visitor could be offered any drinking water that was contaminated; no medical issues or illnesses have so far been linked to the outbreak in what Squaw Valley officials are seeing as a major success.


The attempts to reduce the contamination seen in the drinking water in four wells serving the isolated Gold Coast and High Camp have so far proven a success after Placer County Environmental Health officials and independent water quality experts came together to fight the problems already identified. Placer County Environmental Health spokesperson Wesley Nicks explained three wells have already shown no E.Coli contamination and only limited levels of Coliform still within the wells. Liesl Kenney was also keen to reassure visitors to the resort that no contaminated water will ever be offered to guests and complimentary bottled water is being made available to visitors to the slopes, which remain open from the top to bottom of the mountain.