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Eric Lefkofsky and his Achievements

Tempus announced an upcoming partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine to provide analysis and molecular sequencing to breast cancer specialists of Chicago so that they can create personalized treatment plans for patients. Data on breast cancer, one of the most common cancers is relatively less accessible to patients. Chicago-based Tempus is working towards giving doctors at the University data to enable them to offer better treatment to breast cancer patients.

Tempus made a proposition to analyze data from about 1,000 breast cancer patients. The data would help health researchers and doctors uncover patterns which predict how patients respond to treatment. Over time, this gathered data will assist in improving patient outcomes and bettering treatment. Lack of sufficient information on the disease forces physicians to make treatment decisions without sufficient specific genetic information. Therefore, this program by Tempus will enable doctors to make correct and more informed decisions. Tempus uses genomic sequencing and machine learning to help doctors make real-time as well as personalized treatment decisions. Tempus is not only partnering with UChicago but also with the Mayo Clinic, Rush University Medical Center, the University of Michigan and Penn Medicine to use data to fight cancer.

Eric Lefkofsky is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus. He also co-founded and is the chairman of Groupon, a global e-commerce marketplace. Eric has co-founded other companies like Mediaocean, an integrated media procurement technology provider, Lightbank, a venture fund investing in disruptive technology, EchoLogistics, a technology-enabled transportation outsourcing firm, InnerWorkings, a managed print and promotional solutions provider and Uptake, a predictive analytics platform for the world’s largest industries.Eric Lefkofsky is also involved in charity. In 2006, he, together with his wife Liz established the Lefkofsky Foundation. The main aim was to advance high-impact initiatives which would save lives in the community. Eric is also an appendage professor at the University of Chicago, and he has also published a book, ‘Accelerated Disruption.’

 

Fighting for social justice; the story of Thor Havlorssen

Thor Havlorssen likes to describe himself as a child of many nations. He is a Venezuelan-Norwegian, but he lives and works in the country when he is not traveling the world to crusade for the rights of the less fortunate. His mother and father both have a royal heritage, and funny enough, they were also both crusaders of social justice. When Thor  Havlorssen was a child he was unfortunate enough to watch his father getting arrested when he was fighting against corruption by the Venezuelan government. This is one of the events that molded him into the person that he is today.

However, the most significant thing that happened in his childhood and made him think seriously about the plight of the weak in the society was a case where his mother and a group of other people had been holding peaceful demonstrations against the government of the day. His mother and a few others were singled out and shot with live bullets in broad daylight. At that time, when Thor was trying to bring her mother’s shooters to book, he had the naïve believe that once arrested justice would be served. First of all, it took years before the people were arrested, even though they had been seen clearly and were known. Then, when the case was conducted and concluded, they were handed a three year sentence. What was even more shocking was the fact that after serving six months of their three months sentence, they were allowed to walk.

These are the events that made the man the activist that he is today. He founded an organization that is known as The Human Rights Movement. Through the organization, he has helped countless people get out of bad humanitarian situations and get the legal help and justice that they need. He organizes a day of human rights annually and those that attend claim that it is like the Davos conference, only that at the events, the matters discussed include human rights, how they can be upheld and how to shun the blatant disregard that some countries act in relation to human rights. Thor is a name that will be on the lips of many ho crusade for social justice.