Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur, who co-founded and is currently the CEO of Tempus. He is an American, from Detroit Michigan. He was previously the CEO of the popular company Groupon, and left in order to devote his career to extensive cancer research. As a result, Tempus was founded. Tempus is a health technology startup company which assists doctors treating cancer by giving them a better understanding of each individual patient case. They use a machine learning platform to gather molecular data and make decisions based on each individual patient’s case. Tempus works directly with patients and doctors in order to collect and analyze samples for DNA and RNA sequencing. As stated on their website, their goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by providing physicians with the tools that learn as more date is gathered. In statement, Eric Lefkofsky says, “Tempus has built a platform to modernize cancer care by merging powerful analytics with cuttung edge bioinformatics to empower physicians to make data driven decisions that are tailored to each patient. With thousands of clinical trials opening all the time, and with advances in targeted therapies, including the emergence of immunotherapies, it is more important that ever to understand what is happening to a patient at the molecular level” and more information click here.
Eric Lefkofsky’s mission is to modernize cancer treatment, providing updated and personalized care for each patient. According to Tempus’ website, they “help doctors make real time, personalized and data driven treatment decisions by analyzing a patients genetic code.” Tempus says that it “uses cutting edge genomic sequencing and analysis methods” to help doctors better understand each patients tumor.
Tempus currently has 29 employees. Several former VC’s and CEO’s of major companies hold positions at Tempus.
Lefkofsky makes many significant donations to cancer research, currently in excess of $1.5 million. He is also a memeber of an organization called the Giving Pledge, and has vowed to donate more than half his wealth over his lifetime to philanthopy.
One of Eric Lefkofsky’s most important goals is to better his community. He does this by being an active member of the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Art Institute of Chicago and Children’s Memorial hospital in Chicago. He also contributes to the well being of his community through teaching at business schools in the Chicago Area.