Eric Lefkofsky, the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, is on a mission to bring more effective solutions in cancer diagnosis and treatment. He designed and introduced a new operating system and brought big data into the picture to bring more efficient results in treatments. With the mission to bring effective results in cancer, Lefkofsky founded Tempus in 2016, which has a strong focus on using genomic data in clinical therapies. Since he faced difficulty in finding the sufficient genomic treatment history data of the cancer patients available to treat his cancer diagnosed wife, Liz, he was determined to change the fate of millions of cancer patients.
The operating system developed by Tempus links molecular and anatomic data with clinical information from the medical centers across the country. It means that all the medical history data of similar conditions and similar genomic pattern are compiled in one place, and physicians can go for more personalized and informed treatments. For instance, if a doctor wants to know what could be the result of a combination treatment applied to a patient with particular medical and genomic condition, he can refer the data of Tempus and find similar historical cases and its results to see whether the treatment can bring desired results or not. Lefkofsky says that there are around 600,000 cancer patients die a year, and he wants to cut the rate at least by ten percent by bringing technology innovation to the healthcare sector.
Eric is the also the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon, an online marketplace e-commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers. He is famously known as “serial entrepreneur” considering his diverse entrepreneurial initiatives such as Uptake, LLC, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, ThePoint.com, and more.Lefkofsky completed his graduation from the University of Michigan and did his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. In a mission to support educational, scientific, and charitable organizations around the world, Eric and his wife formed a foundation called Lefkofsky Family Foundation. He is also a trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, World Business Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry.