He has worked in the fields of logistics, technology, and venture capitalism. Now Eric Lefkofsky has jumped into the medical field with his new company Tempus. While he may not have a medical degree, the work he does for doctors could prove invaluable in the battle against cancer.
Lefkofsky’s role in cancer treatment involves something he’s had a great deal of experience in, data collection, and using said data in the best ways possible. What Tempus does is more than the collection of personal patient information. He wants to gather data at the molecular level, combining areas like genomic information and therapeutic data to aid in cancer treatment.
The inspiration for this is personal for Lefkofsky. Years ago, his wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with cancer. During meetings with oncologists, Lefkofsky said he was surprised by how much data they lacked when it came to treatments. This was mainly in the form of lack of information on why groups of people responded to certain types of treatment and others didn’t.
Because of that, Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus in 2016. The technology created by the company would allow doctors to collect a variety of data to determine how best to treat patient. Some of that data would be if the cancer patient also has diabetes or had a drug addiction problem, and how that could affect cancer treatments.
Eric Lefkofsky is a native of Detroit, Michigan who received a law degree from the University of Michigan. His start in the business world was a far cry from the technology-based company Tempus. He sold carpet to earn money while at the University of Michigan. Later, with a family loan, he started an apparel company in Madison, Wisconsin.
Lefkofsky is responsible for founding or co-founding numerous companies. He started InnerWorkings, a procurement service company, Echo Global Logistics, and the e-commerce company Groupon. Outside of his business interests, Lefkofsky serves on the board of directors of Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Art Institute of Chicago.