Genetic Biomarkers of Lung Cancer and the Importance of Eric Lefkofskys Tempus

It is a known fact that both genetic and environmental risk factors cause lung cancer, and smoking considered as a prime environmental factor for the disease. A recent study conducted by Dartmouth research team displayed that gene-smoking interactions of people are a serious risk factor for developing the lung cancer. The study showed that three novel single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or its variations in the human DNA define the lung cancer risks. The team revealed that it used phenotype and genotype data to arrive the conclusions of the study.

They expressed the feeling that Genome-wide interaction scanning is a significant challenge as most of the genome-wide association studies are working around effect association analysis and not looking for interaction analysis. Yafang Li, Ph.D., the team leader of the research team, confirmed that they could only conduct research in a limited Caucasian population due to the limited genotype data available for them. He hopes that in future, the team would get more genotype data that can help them for several ground-breaking observations related to gene-smoking interaction when it comes to lung cancer disease.

This is where the mission of Tempus, a technology firm co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, exactly fits into the growing treatment and research needs. The company works on individualized treatment plans to fight better against cancer. It adds efficiency to the treatment regime using genomic data. The firm started working towards making largest clinical and molecular data library in the world to help the researchers and physicians to counter cancer effectively.

Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur based in Chicago and known for multiple ventures during his more than two decades of entrepreneurial career. He co-founded Mediaocean, Lightbank, Uptake, InnerWorkings, Groupon, and Echo Global Logistics during the period. Lefkofsky started his entrepreneurial journey from his college days when he started selling carpet.

He is also highly involved in many philanthropic activities and a number of community support initiatives. Lefkofsky serves on the boards of The Museum of Science and Industry, Children’s Memorial Hospital – Chicago, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally, he collaborated with the efforts of bringing the Summer Olympics 2016 to Chicago.

Eric Lefkofsky is also interested in sharing his management lessons and ideas to students of business schools in Chicago. He lectured about disruptive business models at Kellogg School of Management and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, previously. In 2013, he became part of The Giving Pledge – a noble initiative where its members contribute at least 50% of their lifetime wealth to philanthropy.

His Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/eplefkofsky/

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