Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, which is a company that is building the world’s largest database of information to advance the treatment of cancer. Not only is Tempus lowering the cost of genome mapping and sequencing, but it is also combining molecular data about cancer patients with clinical information to give physicians a fuller picture of the possible treatments or methods they might be able to use to make real-time decisions that enable them to better treat individual cases of cancer. Eric was inspired to begin his journey into aiding with the battle against cancer, because someone close to him experienced, first-hand, the lack of high-quality treatment that he feels should be available to anyone who has to deal with the life-threatening disease.
After starting out his professional life by selling carpet, Eric Lefkofsky went on to graduate law school and start a business with his college friend, Brad Keywell. For many years following this, they both ended up investing in many of the same businesses, together, and many of these were very successful. One of these ventures was Groupon, which became a huge success and ended up earning Lefkofsky millions of dollars. Another one of the more recent companies that Lefkofsky has started is Tempus, which is a company that looks to help physicians combat cancer by providing them with an information network that offers them information about specific past cases of cancer so they can apply the knowledge to current patients.
Aside from his business dealings, Eric Lefkofsky is a philanthropist who hopes to help as many people as possible in his lifetime. It was for this reason that His wife and himself started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. The Foundation is a private charity that aims to support initiatives, programs, and research that makes life for humans much easier. Eric and the Foundation donate to educational programs like the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, health programs including Planned Parenthood, medical groups like the American Brain Tumor Association, and different arts and culture initiatives and programs including the Steppenwolf Theater. Eric also supports the community of Chicago that he lives in and calls his home.