Eric Lefkofsky: Revolutionizing Cancer Care Through The Work Of Tempus
Serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky has founded or co-founded more than a dozen companies. The one that’s best known is Groupon. However, Tempus Labs, a company Lefkofsky co-founded in 2015, is now getting international interest for the role it is playing in transforming cancer research, treatment and therapies. The staff at Tempus has created technology that allows for machine reading of data from medical records as well as pathology and medical imaging, improves cancer testing, assists in the sequencing of both the RNA and DNA of tumors and makes processing organoid cultures of patient’s tumor cells easier. Tempus is revolutionizing the access to and use of big data.
The innovative new technology Tempus has devised is recognized as one of the top 10 breakthrough in modern medicine by Dr. Eric Topol. He has added it to the list of brilliant medical advances he publishes on a yearly basis. Dr. Topol’s list also includes groundbreaking scientific innovations like the KardiaBand used in artrial fibrillation diagnosis, the blood pressure watch, two new recently developed glucose sensors, artificial intelligence technology for diagnosing eye disease, the new deep-learning algorithm which diagnoses skin cancer, exciting new gene editing as well as gene therapy technology and the effective new cancer treatment called Chimeric antigen receptor T Immunotheraphy.
Born in Southfield, Michigan, Eric Lefkofsky got a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1991 and his juris doctor from the university’s law school in 1993. He then went on to start a long list of companies. They include Brandon Apparel, print procurement company InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company, advertising technology company MediaBank, Mediaocean, analytics company Uptake, venture capital firm Lightbank and his most lucrative company, Groupon, one of the world’s fastest growing companies.
Eric Lefkofsky is a committed philanthropist. His Lefkofsky Family Foundation supports over 50 organizations involved in improving education, medical care, access to culture and the arts and more for children all over the world. He works with numerous Chicago, social, cultural, business and civic organizations. In 2013, Lefkofsky agreed to give his vast wealth to charity by joining The Giving Pledge.