Eric Lefkofsky Blends Entrepreneurship and Caring for the Greater Good
Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky is probably best known as the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon, a popular e-commerce site that connects subscribers with deals on a variety of goods and services in 500 cities all over the world. But, Lefkofsky’s most heartfelt and important endeavor yet may be as co-founder and CEO of Tempus. Tempus was founded as a technology company with a focus on battling cancer.
According to the companies website the Chicago-based company has “enabled physicians to deliver personalized cancer care through its interactive analytical and machine learning platform.” With the help of Tempus, physicians can use genomic sequencing services and the analysis of molecular and therapeutic data to help physicians in their decision-making processes concerning patient care.
Lefkofsky’s idea for Tempus was inspired by his observing cancer patient care up close. Tempus president, Dr. Kevin White, has said that the goal is to have a situation where cancer patients are treated based on the data of cancer patients that came before them. Gathering and analyzing genomic data in real time will allow physicians to give their patients the opportunity of having more time. Molecular and phenotypical data are used to make better decisions concerning patient care. Tempus boasts a cooperative effort of diverse talent including mathematicians, data scientists, and computational biologists. In addition to Eric Lefkofsky and Dr. White, Tempus is headed by Chief Medical Informatics Officer Dr. Jonathan Silverstein, Scientific Advisor Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan, COO Ryan Fukushima, and Director of Laboratory Operations Sam Bettis.
Goodwill and the betterment of the community also a theme in Eric Lefkofsky’s pursuits outside of business as well. According to Tempus’s website Lefkofsky co-chairs the Lefkofsky Family Foundation with is wife Liz “…to advance high-impact initiatives that enhance lives in the communities served”. Lefkofsky is on the board of directors at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the board of directors at The Art Institute of Chicago, and the board of directors at The Museum of Science and industry, and a trustee of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is a board member of World Business Chicago where he serves as co-chairman of its Technology Council. He is also an adjunct professor at UC. Eric Lefkofsky is originally from the Detroit area suburb of Southfield Michigan. After graduating from Southfield-Lathrup High School he attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors and went on to earned his Juris Doctor. Sources: wikipedia.org, Tempus.com, Lefkofsky.com, youtube.com