As of late, brilliant American entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky is back in the news since his Chicago based and highly revered analytics firm, Tempus’, officially partnered with another startup based out of New York that is known as Precision Health AI. The ultimate drive behind the exciting partnership is the formation of a global library dedicated to data related solely to any and all existing information regarding cancer treatment around the world. This could potentially be achieved due to Precision Health AI’s access to the database known as CancerLinQ. Said database exists as an archive of information surrounding the treatment of six-hundred thousand patients. The database was formed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus see an opportunity to use tech, primarily ‘Big Data’, to combat cancer. The new duo is looking to be in a ten year partnership. The hope is that doctors will have greater insight into a diversity of treatment options for all kinds of people, in part based on individuals’ RNA and DNA so that help can be truly personalized. Tempus will strengthen cancer research in ways that were previously thought to be unimaginable. This is exciting news and indicative of the potential of Tech and Big Data to help people in the health sphere.
Eric Lefkofsky worked hard to get where he is. He started out selling carpets in Michigan and even started an apparel company in Wisconsin. In 1999 he immersed himself in the potential of the internet. From there, he continued as an innovator and figurehead. He was the major force behind billionaire dollar company Groupon, formerly known as the ‘The Point’. Now he is spearheading Tempus, a revolutionary approach to personalized cancer care. Lefkofsky is a notable philanthropist and is beloved for work in the Chicago community.
He is optimistic and focused on the bigger picture, a man looking to help in anyway he can and use his platform as a way of helping the world work together to achieve answers to life’s most troubling concerns. Tempus serves as a means of simply spreading information to parties in need.
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There’s a huge gap in education. Schools in wealthier districts have students who receive outstanding educations. Then there are low-income areas where because of a lack of resources the education children receive is very substandard. It’s important for society as a whole to eliminate this gap in achievement. One charter school organization that is addressing this issue is Rocketship Education.
Rocketship Education is a nonprofit that puts its charter schools in low-income areas. They help their students outside the classroom as well, such as when an emergency hits. Sometimes a student’s home is flooded and the family is forced to evacuate, for instance. The team at Rocketship Education will put together an emergency fund to help the family get back on its feet and so that the student misses as little school as possible.
Another occasion occurred in late February 2017 when a nearby creek went over its banks and into all of the homes in a neighborhood. Several Rocketeers (as the children are called) were affected. Overall 14,000 people were told to evacuate, many leaving on boats that early responders were using to save people. Rocketship Education was able to raise $68,000 to help their students and families who were affected by this tragedy.
Rocketship Education started out in San Diego. They now operate almost 20 schools that are located in three states as well as Washington D.C. The students receive a great education in subjects such as the critical field of STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Math). They learn through both being led through a subject by a teacher as well as extensive use of technology so that the children are able to succeed in the future.
Headquartered in Redwood City, Rocketship Education was launched in 2006. It was founded by two business partners from the technology industry, John Danner and Preston Smith. They could see low-income areas needed schools that could provide a high-quality education. The schools are very effective at this. The students at the San Diego location, for instance, have the same state test scores as the Palo Alto School District. Palo Alto is one of the richest areas of the country so this is a great accomplishment.