Eric Lefkofsky Ushers Tempus to Unicorn Status

Chicago-based cancer data-analytics Startup, Tempus, reached the coveted “unicorn” status in March of this year after securing an additional $80 million in funding from both new and existing donors. Startups valued at over $1 billion achieve this status. Since the company’s launch in 2015, Tempus’ worth is estimated to be at an approximate $1.1 billion. This distinction is not held by many other Chicagoland startups. After this latest funding round, Tempus has raised a total of $210 million.

Led by entrepreneur and co-founder, Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus has previously cemented its current position as one of Chicago’s top ten health techs. The company’s focus is to utilize big data to streamline cancer treatment and create a repository of all patient data, both molecular and clinical. This allows other physicians to search the database and garner a better understanding of how individuals with comparable genetic profiles have responded to specific treatments.

Tempus collaborates with all sectors of the health care system, including medical professionals and drug companies. They have partnered with approximately 50 leading research hospitals, including Chicago’s Rush University, Northwestern and University of Chicago. Tempus has also joined forces with multiple National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Oncologists at those institutions routinely refer their patients to Tempus to undergo genomic sequencing to better personalize care.

Lefkofsky has said, “Tempus was born out of frustration with a health care system that too often let powerful data and real-world evidence go to waste. Given the breadth and scale of our current data set, we’re in a unique position to help usher in an era of precision medicine to support patients battling disease.” According to a company spokesperson, Tempus is expected to “touch 25 to 30 percent of cancer patients this year,” and is also eyeing diseases beyond cancer.

A New Strategy for DACA Program

The walk for DACA program has not been quite easy as they have been engaged in various fights by the GOP members. The not so good news is echoing among various immigrants’ networks and organizations. DACA program which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an initiative that avails young immigrants that meet certain requirements with documents to avoid their deportation back to their home country. Some of the requirements for enrolling for the DACA program include being under the age of 31 years as at 30th June 2012, arrived in the US before attaining 16 years, and one ought to have lived in the country from 15th June 2012. Other requirements include that an individual should have been physically present in the US since the 15th of June, 2012 and also one arrived in the country without documentation by the same dates. The individuals should also be currently studying or graduated from high school. This is made possible through the provision of an SSN and a chance to work in the US for about two years of which is renewable. At the same time, the individuals have also availed the opportunity to have a driver license and gain tuition fees. As reported, Ken Paxton, Texas attorney general, provided a letter directed to the Trump administration probing them to cancel DACA program. According to the letter, they have given the administration till 5th of September to heed to their pleas after which they will pursue legal action. Ken Paxton says that there plan is not to halt the program abruptly, but to seek a phase-out for the program which will block any new individuals from being taken into the program. At the same time, there will be no renewals for the existing members of the program. This move has been advocated for by about ten state individuals who have jotted down their names on the letter.


Interesting to note, Homeland security secretary, John Kelly, held a meeting with various members of Hispanic Caucus to discuss the matter. According to John, the DACA initiative is facing serious jeopardy from different legal suits despite its great course to protect about 800,000 members. At the same time, several advocates and DREAMers also sound the alarm regarding the legal suits. Interesting to note, the DACA initiative has been on great benefits to the country as a whole as most members of the organization either study, work or partake in both engagements. This proves that they play a huge part in the economy of the country as through them millions are channeled to the universities and colleges where they study. Also, they contribute to the taxes and channel their investments to purchase cars, homes, and even start businesses. The renowned Lacey and Larkin fund will come handy in ensuring that the fight for DACA program is worthwhile. They will provide assistance where needed, guidance, and information that is vital for their case to ensure that they come out stronger than before!


Rocketship Education Ensures All Students Have Access To Quality Education

Rocketship Education started up back in 2006 with an idea to approach students in a different way to facilitate a higher quality of learning. The principles and learning that students acquire at Rocketship Education Public Charter Schools is not just for their academic careers, but all aspects of their life. Rocketship aims to approach their students at all different levels, including their environment, the teachers, their parents, and the curriculum that they are learning from. One of the major aspects of Rocketship Education is the involvement of parents in the learning experience.

At Rocketship Education, teachers are able to meet with parents and even go to the homes of students to build a stronger connection with their families and a level of communication that aids the students learning progress. With the active involvement of parents, students can get the aid they need at home for their learning, but also their parents can influence the quality of students learning with improved knowledge of how to do so.

The elementary level is among the most important for a child’s learning for the rest of their lives. It defines the course of their learning experience and how far they will be able to go as well. Having the best systems in place to ensure proper and equal growth for all students is crucial for the future. It is going to be the students of today that become the leaders of tomorrow, so it is important that they are given all the tools they need to be effective leaders.

This is the basis for why Rocketship Education schools were started up in the first place. The lack of quality among many public schools, specifically in poor, districts is quite appalling. Regardless of a students background or their families level of income, they should have proper education available to them to succeed.