Eric Lefkofsky And Tempus: A Powerful Force In Cancer Care

Innovative technology developed by Chicago-based Tempus Labs is having a profound impact on cancer research and the quality of care delivered as a result. Co-founded in 2015 by serial entrepreneur, author, educator and philanthropist Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus has created a new platform that makes it possible for medical professionals to more efficiently use big data analytics. Tempus technologies helps with the sequencing of the DNA and RNA of tumors, cancer testing, working with the organoid cultures of tumor cells, as well as machine learning of the information gleaned from electronic medical records, medical imaging and pathology data.

The technology Tempus developed is so impactful Dr. Eric Topol has added it to the list of groundbreaking technologies that he publishes each year. The list also has innovative artificial intelligence based technology used for the diagnosis of eye diseases, Chimeric antigen receptor T Immunotheraphy for treating cancer, the blood pressure watch, the KardiaBand for diagnosing atrial fibrillation, new technology for gene editing as well as gene therapy, a deep-learning algorithm that was recently discovered that can help with diagnosing skin cancer and two recently created glucose sensors.

Tempus co-founder Eric Lefkofsky has long had an interest in business. While still in college at the University of Michigan, he started selling carpeting. After earning his juris doctor from the university’s law school, Lefkofksy played a seminal role in the creation of a host of other companies. One is a venture capital firm called Lightbank which has invested in more than 100 companies. Lefkofsky also co-founded Uptake, a company which improves the safety and operations of many companies. His best known company is Groupon. Through it Eric Lekofsky made the bulk of his $2.2 billion fortune.

Although Eric Lefkofsky grew up just outside of Detroit, Michigan, he has spent much of his adult life in Chicago, Illinois. He has been a longtime supporter of many Chicago businesses and cultural institutions. Through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, Eric and Elizabeth Lefkofsky support educational, scientific and charitable causes and organizations worldwide. Children are the focus of the foundation’s work. The Lefkoskys joined The Giving Pledge in 2013.

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