Eric Lefkofsky: Tempus Co-Founder, Educator, Author And Generous, Committed Philanthropist

Posted by PhotoPhil on February 17, 2018 in Cancer Treatment, Medical |

Michigan native and serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky is helping to dramatically improve cancer care and treatment through technology developed by Tempus Labs, a company he co-founded in 2015. The Tempus technology enables researchers and medical personnel to better utilize big data analytics to provide more effective targeted therapies for cancer patients. The technology Tempus developed improves cancer testing, machine learning of information from electronic medical records, pathology as well as medical imaging, work with tumor cell organoid cultures and DNA and RNA sequencing of tumors.

Tempus has worked with many academic institutions and National Cancer Institute run comprehensive cancer centers. The technology Tempus Labs has created is anticipated to have such a significant impact on cancer care and medicine in general, Dr. Eric Topol includes the company on his annual list of 10 groundbreaking technologies poised to revolutionize medical care. That list also includes AI technology to diagnose diseases of the eye, the blood pressure watch, treating cancer using Chimeric antigen receptor T Immunotheraphy, two new glucose sensors, diagnosing atrial fibrillation using the KardiaBand, diagnosing skin cancer using a new deep-learning algorithm and new gene editing and therapy technology.

Since getting his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and attending the University of Michigan Law School and earning a law degree, Eric Lefkofsky has not only co-founded Tempus Labs, he co-founded or founded Groupon, Mediaocean, Lightbank, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, Uptake Technologie and many other companies. In collaboration with Elizabeth his wife, Eric Lefkofsky co-founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation to improve the lives of people worldwide by supporting initiatives and organizations advancing fundamental human rights, medicine, education, art and culture.

Eric Lefkofsky wrote the ‘Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation’, is an adjunct professor at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and is very active in supporting social, business and cultural institutions in Chicago. Some of the organizations to which Eric Lefkofsky lends his time, talent and resources include World Business Chicago, the Museaum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Eric Lefkofsky’s Social Media: www.facebook.com/eplefkofsky/



How Barbara Stokes Is Working To Benefit Those Hard Hit By Hurricane Harvey

Posted by PhotoPhil on February 9, 2018 in Business Leadership |

Barbara Stokes is an entrepreneur who graduated in 2000 from Mercer University. She earned a pair of bachelor’s degrees in biomedical and medical engineering before embarking upon her professional career. Before she started her own company she worked for two other major organizations, Boeing and Pisces. At these businesses she garnered extensive experience in the area of working on government contracts. Visit her Linkedin profile to know more.

It was in 2011, ten years after graduating from college, that Barbara Stokes founded Green Structure Homes Delivered, LLC, also known as GSH of Alabama, LLC, along with her husband Scott Stokes. They are disaster relief construction contractors who work with federal agencies such as FEMA. They are a completely in-house company that designs their own proprietary customizable modular homes, then manufacture them and deliver them to sites where they are then assembled. The homes are 100% American made as they are mainly built in Huntsville, Alabama, which also serves as the headquarters of this firm. Visit cullmantimes.com to know more about Barbara Stokes.

Beyond Huntsville, Alabama, Barbara Stokes made an announcement that her firm is now building these modular homes in eight states. As the chief executive officer of Green Structure Homes Delivered she has established new facilities in Alabama, Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, and Minnesota. Her company did this as they recently signed a $28.5 million contract with FEMA to supply homes and temporary offices to people and businesses in the greater Houston area who were devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

When talking about these new home manufacturing plants, Barbara Stokes said that she was gratified to be able to help people in the Houston area who had lost everything. She was also happy that her work to support those people would also provide jobs to people in eight states both directly and indirectly. The jobs will all be based in America and all of it will benefit people who live in Houston and its surrounding communities who lost so much when Hurricane Harvey poured historic amounts of rain flooding many homes and entire communities.

Learn more: https://www.behance.net/stokesbarb4ac0


Lime Crime Increases Its Customer Base

Posted by PhotoPhil on February 6, 2018 in Fashion Industry |

Cosmetics company Lime Crime has adopted a pretty impressive approach to launching the brand in China. The strategy comes in response to the special dynamics that the company had to face when marketing in a new country.

Kim Walls is Lime Crime’s global general manager, and discussed the topic of brand expansion at the National Retail Foundation’s Shop.org event, which was held in Los Angeles.

Walls shared that as she and the team looked at making their presence known in China, she knew from previous experience that they couldn’t go about making sales in a familiar fashion.

One of the challenges the company faced was that makeup products that were sold to China via wholesale had to be tested on animals. This was a problem, since LimeCrime is a vegan company and prides itself on being cruelty-free. The only way this regulation could be avoided is if products were directly shipped from the U.S. However, shipping to customers in China using this method would result in complicated logistics, which means that Lime Crime would have to be responsible for specific duties and taxes. LimeCrime also had to consider the fact that customer inquiries and international returns had to be done by someone who could understand and communicate in Chinese.

Walls also states that Lime Crime had to deal with the issue of people creating counterfeit makeup products and claiming the products were authentic. She says that the company found more than 1 million units of counterfeit lip topper that were sold in several Chinese marketplaces last year.

This led Lime Crime to establish a partnership with Revolve, an e-commercise fashion company based in Los Angeles. The cosmetics company also decided to start working closely with influencers –individuals who are passionate about the brand and will help to maintain the brand’s integrity.

Wells asserts that for LimeCrime, it’s very important to have individuals speaking highly of their products and generating related content that is an ideal fit for the brand.


There Are Many Equities First Holdings Subsidiaries

Posted by PhotoPhil on February 3, 2018 in Business Venture, Investment Firms |

There are many Equities First Holdings subsidiaries that will help people no matter where they are investing or working in the world. It can be pretty easy for someone to have the kinds of help that they need when they go to any of the offices that the company has created, and they have built offices that offer a lot better services to everyone who needs them. The company has raised it profile through these many offices that are in places like the UK and Australia, and they have helped people with funding and asset management that allows them to remain as financially stable as possible. They help their clients with the best kinds of service that they can give in all of their office locations.



Sussex Healthcare Creates A State-of-the-Art Gym For Residents

Posted by PhotoPhil on January 25, 2018 in Health and Wellness, Health Care Benefits |

When Sussex Healthcare started out, they were working to make sure their residents had everything they needed. They wanted people to feel like they were doing things the right way and they were going to make their lives better no matter what. Since Sussex Healthcare had continued to help people and since it had continued to be a positive part of the community, they wanted people to realize they cared about all areas of their health. They knew that medication and proper nutrition weren’t the only things that should matter to their residents.

They also knew that physical health was a huge part of staying healthy and making sure people were getting everything they needed. When it came to exercise, Sussex Healthcare wanted to make sure they were doing things the right way. They wanted their residents to feel comfortable while they were getting physical exercise. For that reason, they chose to make sure they were doing things right and they were going to create a gym that would work for everyone who came there to try and get the best options possible. It was how they planned to make sure they could do things right and how they could show others the right way of doing their best.

Read more: Choosing the Services That Sussex Healthcare Provides – How Specialists Can Help Residents

As long as they were working to help their residents, they were doing positive things in the community. They had always wanted people to realize they could experience more based on the things they were doing and that’s how they went about making sure people understood things were working. For many years, the company aimed at making things better for all of their patients and the gym was a culmination of all of these things put together. They wanted to show people they could experience the best of everything as long as they were getting a great workout.

Now that the gym has been built and the residents are taking advantage of it, Sussex Healthcare wants to help the rest of the community. They want people to realize they are doing things for them and they’re going to make things better in different areas. It is how they plan to give people what they’re looking for and what they can use to make things easier. Looking at all of this has given Sussex Healthcare the chance to experience more and do their best with the options they have on their own.

Find more about Sussex Healthcare: https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Sussex-Health-Care-Horsham-Reviews-EI_IE804635.0,18_IL.19,26_IC3295279.htm


A True Inspiration in Mike Baur

Posted by PhotoPhil on January 24, 2018 in Business, Business Leaders |

The career path of Entrepreneur Mike Baur is absolutely fascinating, a true story of a man following his heart’s desire to find his passion in life. The Swiss business man, who was born and raised in Switzerland, began his educational career by earning advanced business degrees from Bern University in Switzerland and the University of Rochester in New York State.


After his stint in higher education, Mike proceeded to an extremely lucrative career in banking in Switzerland at the young age of 16. While still in his 20’s, he was promoted to a high level advisor position with his employer. In this advisor position, Mike was working with and providing financial advice to some of Switzerland’s richest individuals. This was quite an extraordinary feat for a businessman still in the youth of his career. In 2008, Mike left his current bank to join another to continue his career path to the top of the banking industry.


At some point in any person’s life, they may come to the realization that the career path that they had chosen up to that point in their life may not be a true passion. The problem is that 99% of people don’t act on that realization and continue slaving away in a career where they don’t feel that burn or passion. But for Mike Baur, the story is much different.


In 2014, Mike walked away from a very prominent and lucrative career in the banking industry to pursue his dreams in starting the Swiss Startup Factory with fellow Bern University graduate Max Meister. Mike’s interest in new startup companies and helping fellow young entrepreneurs was a dream and at this point, he turned that dream into a reality. Swiss Startup Factory was created to help provide funding, training and mentoring for people looking at startup companies.


As the company sits today, Swiss Startup Factory sits uniquely in the fact that it is privately funded, solely owned and technologically innovative compare to their competition. Its state of the art three month accelerator program for startup businesses paired with providing 360 degree service services to their clients has set Swiss Startup Factory apart even more greatly from their completion.


Mike Baur’s transition from successful, but unhappy banking mogul to talented, innovative entrepreneur is a magnificent story of success that any person could be inspired by…a true life changing story.



Oncotarget Helps Create A Disease-Free Society

Posted by PhotoPhil on January 16, 2018 in Cancer Journal |

Cancer has become a significant public health concern all over the world. This has created a need for outstanding publications of research and basic science on the oncology and cancer. This is needed not only by those working in cancer research but others who might be interested to know how to fight this illness. Oncotarget plays a significant role in cancer research due to its adherence to ethical guidelines. If you are looking for anything on cancer research, Oncotarget is the best journal to read.

Oncotarget a twice-weekly, open-access and peer-reviewed publication covers a multiplicity of topics on oncology and many other topics such as aging, microbiology, pathology, immunology, and chromosomes. The journal was established in 2010 and has published more than eight volumes and 324 issues since it’s inception. Visit Soundcloud to listen an audio podcast of Oncotarget.

Oncotarget’s mission is to make scientific knowledge and results widely available to eliminate challenges among multiple biomedical disciplines. Oncotarget promotes the application of research in the fight against cancer. It aims to promote a cancer-free society. The critical thing to note is that Oncotarget is mainly a publication by scientists for scientists, to help them as a resource in research.

Realizing after a brief spell of respite that their disease is drug-resistant and therefore incurable is the worst thing that can happen to most people diagnosed with cancer. This is devastating news for those suffering from papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) in particula as it is perhaps the most prevalent form of thyroid cancer.

Learn more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/1558/

Oncotarget provides valuable information about the latest research to help these patients. Ordinarily, the vemurafenib drug is used in the treatment of such patients. But recent tests have shown that the FDA-approved drug Palbociclib, are able to treat various forms of disease. Palbociclib also helps them to break down Vemurafenib drug resistance.

Researchers have also found that a combination of Vemurafenib and Palbociclib presents a potent option in the cure of PTC. They do this by working together to generate a stronger force that kills more cells than when the drug was working alone. The researchers also found that the combined therapy also targeted PTC cells while overcoming resistance. Visit Oncotarget’s profile page at facebook.com


Jorge Moll: Explaining the Pleasures of Giving

Posted by PhotoPhil on January 12, 2018 in Health and Wellness |

The Holidays are a time for giving and sharing, and most people are doing it because of the pleasure that they feel which is popularly known as the “helper’s high” phenomenon. However, it is interesting to note that science does not have a concrete explanation why the phenomenon happens. “Helper’s high” has been described and observed since the ancient times, and there has been a popular proverb regarding the phenomenon, which states that “giving is better than receiving.” Despite the advancement in technology, only a few brave souls tried to navigate the mind and find out why the phenomenon known as “helper’s high” happens. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.

A neuroscientist from Brazil named Jorge Moll teamed up with several neuroscientists around the world. Their goal is to find out the reason why the “helper’s high” phenomenon happens, and for them to study the phenomenon, they need to get volunteers who are willing to be studied. The research happened in 2006, and as Jorge Moll speaks with the volunteers, to explain to them in detailed what is going to happen. He requested that the volunteers should think of a scenario that can happen in reality – the volunteers would have to picture them in a situation wherein they would be generous, and another one wherein they would be selfish. The volunteers had to go inside an empty room for them to concentrate, and as they were thinking about the scenario, equipment near them measures the activity of the brain. Read more about Jorge Moll at crunchbase.com.

Jorge Moll and his team observed the volunteers agree to be studied upon, and after the experiment, they were surprised with the result which came up on screen. It seems like the volunteers’ brain had so much activity when they imagined a scenario of generosity, and nothing happened when they envisioned a scenario of selfishness. This led Jorge Moll and his team to conclude that giving excites a particular part of the brain which causes it to release hormones that are described as more pleasurable than having sex or eating something delicious. Jorge Moll recorded the results of the experiment and stated that there would be follow up studies about their discovery.

Check: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/rede-d-or-sao-luiz


Highland Capital Management Offers Diversity in Investment

Posted by PhotoPhil on January 11, 2018 in Financial Expert |

An affiliate of Highland Capital Management out of Dallas, Texas out of Korea has closed a private equity fund that was focused on healthcare with capital commitments totaling one-hundred and forty-seven dollars. The fund’s anchor investor is the National Pension Service of South Korea. Valued at an estimated four-hundred and ninety-nine billion dollars at its 1988 interception with a four-hundred and sixty-five billion corpos reported by the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. Read more about Highland Capital at prnewswire.com.

There are objectives in addition to return on investments for the investors in the NPS Korea segment of the Highland fund in the area of healthcare. In an effort to severe the strategic objectives in the U.S. China and Korea co-investment opportunity access is included. In Asia the fund will be co-managed by Stonebridge Capital, which is a private venture capital and equity firm.

Read: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-05/highland-is-said-to-buy-lazard-argentine-fund-eye-stock-boost

This will be the first private equity firm focused on healthcare for Highland Capital Management in Asia. The majority of investments have come from multipurpose funds or been made directly though over the last two years an increased amount of interest has been seen in the sector from Asian investors. Highland has a lot of expertise when it comes to healthcare, not only is it the largest industry they are associate with but it makes up over half of the fifteen years of private equity.

Asia and North America’s healthcare companies that are considered to be middle market wil the primary targets for investing. There are several fund structures and classes of assets in the one and a half billion dollars of healthcare assets that Highland Capital has under its management. There are emerging markets, natural resources, short and long term equities offered by Highland. Visit highlandcap.com to know more.


Talkspace–Therapy for the New Millenium

Posted by PhotoPhil on January 10, 2018 in Behavior Therapy |

Mental illness is the last frontier of modern medicine; we would never poke fun at cancer patients, but it socially acceptable to call someone crazy. Mental illness has carried a huge social stigma partly because of mentally unstable individuals in the news. They tend to be portrayed as violent in the media while toting weapons. Many people feel reluctant to seek out help for any mental disorder due to being labeled as crazy. In the US, we have over 1.5 million individuals with some sort of mental disorder which can be very debilitating over the course of one’s lifetime. The cost associated with treatment can be out of reach for many sick individuals.

Talkspace is an innovative technology that destigmatizes therapy sessions for individuals. Patients can have therapy sessions with a licensed therapist by phone, video which increases participation by the patient. They feel confident that no one knows their in therapy; they don’t have to leave work early to attend their sessions. Talkspace was co-founded by Oren Frank as a way to help the millions of Americans suffering in silence. Talkspace therapists can effectively treat many common mental disorders such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

In summary, Talkspace has provided a much-needed avenue to make therapy sessions accessible to those that truly need it. They have effectively humanized mental illness and they have allowed therapy to many individuals with this innovative app.

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