The $2.2 billion dollar company Groupon was supposed to the legacy of Lefkofsky, but that something changed his fate. His face was diagnosed with breast cancer. The discovery changed the family’s course. It led to the founding of Tempus and developing an operating system for cancer. The software connects anatomic and molecular data with clinical data from the hospital’s systems. The data is stored in one location allowing scientists and doctors to come up with detailed diagnosis and treatments.
The discovery forced Eric Lefkofsky to shift his focus and learn more about health care. His main goal is to take cancer treatment to the next level using advanced modern technology. Eric works with Kevin White the President of Tempus and founding director of Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago to bring about the success of his venture. Mr. White looks at the scientific steps while Eric brings about compiling of data.
About Eric Lefkofsky
Eric is the founder of Lightbank and a co-founder and CEO at Tempus. He is an entrepreneur who started small. He started by selling carpet as a freshman at the University of Michigan. In 1994, Eric and his friend Bradley Keywell bought Brandon Apparel but the company encountered loses leading to lawsuits. They later founded Starbelly in 1999. The internet company specialized in promotional products. He later founded Groupon which is very famous in the technology industry. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Juris Doctor.
He has an exceptional passion for philanthropy and together with his wife Liz, they founded the Lefkofsky Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to support charitable, scientific, educational organizations and causes around the world. They are aimed at advancing high-impact programs, initiatives and search to enhance the quality of life for communities, especially in Chicago. They also support medical centers around Chicago and other foundations such as the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)