How Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancer Patients

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Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who has started and led several technology firms. Now based in the greater Chicago area, he was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1969. His father was a structural engineer and his mother taught at a local school. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School and then attended the University of Michigan. He has a bachelor’s degree from that university and also earned a law degree there.
He is worth an estimated $2.4 billion. Eric Lefkofsky made a large amount of this money from Groupon which he co-founded in January 2007. Among other companies he has co-founded with a longtime business partner are Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, Lightbank, and MediaBank. He has led some of these companies as their chief executive officer and has also been a chairman of the board of directors.

His latest company is Tempus, Inc. This company has built a database that collected and organized data to help cancer doctors treat their patients. The data is made up of genomic sequencing of past cancer patients, doctors notes, x-rays, and other information collected when someone is undergoing cancer treatment.

At Tempus they take a data-first mentality. Clinical and molecular data is run through a machine learning platform that is designed to help doctors make more informed decisions when deciding what treatment is best for their patient with cancer. Eric Lefkofsky says that their platform is now being used across the United States in hospitals including the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic. He said that they are now looking to possibly expand internationally in the near future.

Along with his wife, Eric Lefkosky established a family foundation in order to financially support a wide variety of causes. The main types of causes they provide funding to include education, medicine, arts and culture, and human rights. They support nonprofits in both the United States and around the world. In 2013, this couple also joined the Giving Pledge which is a campaign that encourages billionaires to donate most of their wealth to charity.

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