Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus Fighting Cancer With High Tech Tools

We hear the word whispered from a friend or family member, thereupon thinking, “I’m glad it’s not me.” Cancer. Not the automatic death sentence the word once represented, moreover, with today’s technology, early detection is common, cancer treatment options have expanded, chances are someone we know is a survivor.

Eric Lefkofsky’s Tempus, founded in Chicago in 2015, sails on the leading edge in engaging clinical data for cancer care, his startup receiving $80 million in new investment in March, total outside investment amounting to $210 million in the last three years. A 400-employee company, hiring at a rapid rate, Tempus valuation over $1 billion, the company continues to expand its reach.

During his years with Groupon, a company Eric Lefkofsky co-founded, he and his wife frequently donated to cancer research through their own Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Accordingly, Eric’s philanthropic interest attracted the attention of historic Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago where he became a Trustee. U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Lurie, a large pediatric research and treatment facility, with inclusion on its ‘Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll’.

Typically, cancer clinical data are abundant, frequently spread out among multiple repositories: plain paper files, hospital, and clinic databases, other unconnected, marginally searchable digital sources. The concept behind Tempus, thought Eric, was to utilize data collection, imagining one searchable mega-library, to permit clinicians and researchers to share information, allowing a level of collaboration never before possible. Consequently, after three years, Tempus can state it is building “the world’s largest library of molecular and clinical data and an operating system to make that data accessible and useful.”

Having molecular data about cancerous tumors, in addition to clinical data from cancer treatment aids physicians and researchers in the analysis of trends, subsequently enabling more effective patient treatment. As Eric explains, this vast trove of searchable knowledge, “… will allow us to truly personalize the drugs and therapies for each patient… We can keep them alive longer.”

New Enterprise Associates and Revolution Growth were major investors, joined by Kinship Trust and T. Rowe Price.

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Eric Lefkofsky Helping to Improve Health Care

Eric Lefkofsky was born in 1969 In Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan he went on to attend law school. After graduation he and a college friend started an apparel company called Brandon Apparel. This company was the beginning of Eric’s career in the business sector.

In the late 90’s Eric co-founded a company called Starbelly, which was a company that offered promotional products. In 2000 Starbelly was sold to Halo. Eric later moved on and in 2001 he co-founded another company called Innerworkings, which was involved in providing companies with procurement services.

The entrepreneurial businessman went on to help start several more companies throughout the years, including Media Ocean, and Echo. He eventually created one that would financially put him on the map as one of the most successful businessman of his kind. Eric co-founded a company called ThePoint.com, which later changed its name to Groupon. Due to the company’s impressive growth Eric Lefkofsky became financially at the top of his career. He went on to create another company called Uptake, and still remains the Chairman of Groupon.

Even though the successful businessman could have easily retired at a young age at this point in his life he went on to start another business called Tempus, in which he is currently the CEO. Tempus could possibly be the best and most meaningful business Eric as created to date. According to Shiakapos.com,Tempus is a technology company that allows physicians the data needed to understand their cancer patient’s needs and to deliver real time care.

Tempus is a company that is involved in genomic sequencing services and provides therapeutic data to the medical staff that is caring for cancer patients. It is a company that has a lot of potential to change the way physicians make decisions about their patient’s care. Hospitals have teamed up with Tempus to help improve the life of cancer patients.

Eric Lefkofsky believes in giving back and sharing his good fortunes. That is one of the reasons why Lefkofsky Foundation was created. The foundation is all about helping children in their time of need.

The businessman also spends some of his time as adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He teaches all he knows about business and following what you believe in. He has been known to provide lectures throughout the country when requested. He is also an author of Accelerated Disruption, a book about business and technology.

The former carpet salesman started out with an average life never expecting to achieve the accomplishments he has achieved. It took hard work and determination to make his dreams come true. Eric Lefkofsky has proven to be a businessman that others pay attention to and learn from in their own businesses. He is a man that knows hard work and believing in your business is what it takes.