Cancer has become a part of American society in recent years with 14.5 million Americans determined to have been battling with the disease as of 2014. 40% of Americans are likely to be diagnosed with cancer at one point in their life, and the National Cancer Institute approximates that 19 million people will suffer from the disease by the year 2024. The future, however, looks more promising owing to the advancements in medical technology brought about by such companies as Tempus. Tempus was co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky and is one of the businesses that are at the forefront of developing data-enabled precision medicine.
Despite the hullabaloo made over the development of electronic health record systems, the healthcare sector has not yet come up to the level of modern technology. It took the diagnosis of breast cancer on Eric Lefkofsky’s wife for him to discover the gap that exists in the medical field as pertains the collection of data and adoption of digital technology in the industry. The massive amounts of patient information collected in the medical centers had not been well corralled to put it into practical use. Tempus was founded to fill this gap in technology adoption and advancement in healthcare sector. The company aims to revolutionize cancer treatment by developing a system which would analyze patients’ data, both clinical and molecular.
Before joining Tempus, Lefkofsky had made a reputation for himself as one of the most influential personalities in the tech field in Chicago through his work at Groupon, which he helped start as well. Lefkofsly left his CEO position in Groupon to take a position as the president of Tempus. He, however, still serves as the chairman of Groupon. Beyond these two companies, the 47-year-old has also help co-found other businesses such as Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, Innerworkings, and Uptake. He also helped found Lightbank, the capital venture firm based in Chicago.
Eric Lefkofsly has been involved in charity and philanthropy since 2006 when he formed the Lefkofsky Foundation together with his wife. The foundation has helped in the funding of over 50 organizations since inceptions. In 2013, Lefkofsky joined the Giving pledge together with his wife.
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