Eric Lefkofsky is the Co-founder of Tempus and founder and CEO of Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, Innerworkings, Mediaocean, Uptake, and Lightbank. Born in 1969, Eric was raised by a Jewish family in Southfield, Michigan. He went to South-Lathrup High School in 1987 and studied a Degree and a Juris Doctor in Law at the University of Michigan Law School in 1993. After graduating, Eric Lefkofsky borrowed some money to start his first business; he bought Brandon Apparel, a clothing company based in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1999, he and his college friend founded an internet company, Starbelly, which dealt with promoting products. After this, he established more firms to become the recent billionaire he is.
Recently, Alute Bette of Institute for Computational Health Sciences, UCSF, had an interview with Eric Lefkofsky about his Precision Medicine World Conference PMCW. PMCW is an independent platform where experts in Healthcare and Biotechnology attend to share their ideas about the trends in medicine with others. During the interview, Eric Lefkofsky also talked about his company, Tempus, whose goal is to enhance the treatment of cancer through Big Data analysis of the human genome technological advances.
The idea of Tempus came from one of his loved one’s cancer situation. About three years ago, Eric Lefkofsky’srelative was diagnosed with cancer which made them spend most of the time in clinics. While in the clinics, he noticed that treatment took a long time since it was not data oriented. He began his study by talking to private data companies. He came to learn that there was minimal cancer infrastructure in the treatment. His idea was to equip hospitals, laboratories, physicians and researchers with the information they needed in their quest in finding the proper modern treatment of cancer.
As an initiative to improve the cancer treatment campaigns, Eric Lefkofsky targets health academies. He has financed researches that have overseen the collection of a deal of data regarding different types of cancer. The data is accessible by researchers, surgeons and other physicians who are still working on saving about a half a million cancer patients yearly. The foundation of Tempus, a health technology startup firm, was to ensure they build a library with molecular and clinical data that will help in the treatment of cancer.
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