Eric Lefkofsky, well known Chicago-based entrepreneur and philanthropist has used his expertise to help battle breast cancer. Mr. Lefkofsky has recently pioneered a startup named “Tempus,” that’s dedicated to fighting cancer, and is already tackling the problem by aiding doctors with much-needed data to provide realistic and targeted treatments. He’s partnering with the University of Chicago Medicine to provide this data to predict how patients may react to treatment. This problem has been identified as a stumbling block to treatment, and that doctors are often forced into trial and error scenarios rather than being able to create an individualized plan for each patient.
In an article by Jim Dallke, Assistant Editor of ChicagoInno on March 16, 2017, titled “Eric Lefkofsky’s Tempus Will Use Data to Help UChicago Battle Breast Cancer,” Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, a Dean at the University of Chicago in Global Health, offered her statement regarding the matter: “This forces too many physicians to make treatment decisions without the benefit of highly specific genetic information that could help them make better informed and precisely targeted decisions…” The implied outcome is that patients are more likely to react favorably when the molecular data is specific to their body chemistry. This has caused a chain reaction of other universities getting on board in hopes that strength in numbers will lead to cures.
Mr. Lefkofsky is the founder of Groupon, the popular discount website, and application that has revolutionized not only the way people shop. New, small and local businesses have a unique opportunity to gain exposure and cost effective advertising leading to new customers and clients. Other ventures started by Lefkofsky include Lightbank, a venture capital business and Uptake Technologies which provides business analytics consulting to leading companies. His educational background includes a law degree from the University of Michigan.
His philanthropic efforts are quite noteworthy. The Lefkofsky foundation was started in 2006 and provides “high impact initiatives” to communities in need. He also serves as a trustee at a local children’s hospital and at a local theater company in the same capacity. He’s authored “Accelerated Disruption,” a book on innovative technology and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He even finds time to blog and be very prominent on social media. Lefkofsky’s business acumen and philanthropic efforts are benefiting not only his businesses but cancer patients and medicine as a whole, impacting people from all walks of life.