At one time, Eric Lefkofsky’s legacy was attached to the achievements he had made through Groupon – a $2.2 billion e-commerce firm that links customers with the merchants. However, all this changed when his wife Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Liz is a renowned Chicago arts patron as well as collector. The experience set the couple on a completely different course. Just like any other family that is confronted with a chronic or terminal illness, the Lefkofsky’s found themselves scrambling for information about this type of cancer. Eric admits that it was a terrifying experience for the family, and was made even worse by that fact that it was impossible for the doctor to say that everything will be okay.
It is out of this traumatizing experience that Tempus was formed. The firm has developed cancer operating system – a technology platform for connecting anatomic and molecular data with clinical data obtained from the medical systems from around the country. With this information compiled in one location, it makes it possible and easier for the doctors to develop better-informed, as well as more personalized cancer treatments. Lefkofsky serves as the chief executive officer of Tempus.
The president of Tempus, who is also the founding director of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, Kevin White, describes Eric as a quick study. He immerses himself into books, and always talked to the doctors to speed up things. Although he and Lefkofsky do not have similar backgrounds, White says that both of them want the same thing – to take cancer treatment to a whole new level that entails the use of modern technology. Kevin White is responsible for considering the scientific steps needed to produce a successful product, while Eric Lefkofsky brings a wealth of experience capable of ensuring the formation of successful businesses for aggregating large amounts of data, and then mining them to identify insights with the potential to advance the state of any industry.
About Eric Lefkofsky
Eric studied at the University of Michigan. He proceeded to study for his Juris Doctor at the University of Michigan Law School. The author of Accelerated Disruption; Understanding the True Speed of Innovation, also works as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago.
Besides Tempus and Groupon, Eric has helped to cofound a couple of other firms namely Lightbank, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, and InnerWorkings. He is the co-chair of Lefkofsky Family Foundation that he established together with his wife, Liz. The foundation was created with the objective of advancing high-impact initiatives aimed at enhancing the lives of the communities it serves. Eric is a trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, World Business Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry.
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