Eric Lefkofsky: Foundations and Tempus

Eric Lefkofsky has a broad range of involvement in the community, e-commerce and health system. He and his wife Liz established Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006 to progress initiatives to strengthen lives in the served communities. Eric Lefkofsky is also a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, World Business Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry. As well as being the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chicago’s Steppen Wolf Theatre Company, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago, and published author of Accelerated Disruption.

Eric Lefkofsky is the Founder and CEO of a technology provider for precise medicine solutions known as Tempus. Although, this is not the first business he has founded. Other business he has co-founded are: Lightbank, Groupon, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings and Uptake Technologies.

Tempus is a health data company trying to bring technology to industries that do not have a lot of technology. During Eric Lefkofsky’s time of personally fighting cancer, he realized data technology system is not strong and structured. Tempus was created to fix the infrastructure in cancer healthcare. One of the main problems with the healthcare industry, was the lack of multiple data systems working together. He wanted Tempus to take a holistic approach when combining three data types: text, images and molecular. Most companies specialize in one specific data, but more often that not, they are missing a component to fully understand the condition the patient is in.

Tempus is the second largest clinical sequence of cancer patients in the U.S. This year, Tempus worked with 250 hospitals and 25% of their cancer patients. In the next 5 years, 100% of cancer patients should be sequenced at least once. Tempus will also add other diseases to sequence. Click here