Eric Lefkofsky has found and co-founded several companies in his career. The companies he has founded or co-founded are Lightbank, a venture capital firm, Uptake, Medicaocean, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, MediaBank, and Groupon. In 2016 he co-founded one of his most important companies to date, Tempus, Inc., which is dedicated to modernizing cancer treatment. Lefkofsky also serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Tempus. Lefkofsky grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991. He obtained his JD at the University Of Michigan Law School in 1994.
Tempus has compiled the largest database in the world of molecular and clinical data about cancer. They have also devised a way to use genomic and transcriptomic sequencing, combined with deep learning, in order to help doctors diagnose a patient’s tumor. The platform that Tempus provides to doctors allows them to provide personalized treatment options through detailed reports with actionable observations. The goal of this is to give physicians the ability to use real-time, data-driven treatment options in order to better treat cancer. Tempus.com has built partnerships with, among others, the Mayo Clinic, Penn Medicine, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Eric Lefkofsky and his wife have given a substantial amount of money over the years to cancer research causes. Through their Lefkofsky Family Foundation they have given philanthropically to nonprofits like the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University which received $1 million from them. They have also given $500,000 to Stanford Unversity’s research into gastric cancer. Another was a $250,000 donation for breast cancer research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Click this related link http://www.lightbank.com/team/eric-lefkofsky
Lefkofsky Family Foundation has also given generously to educational, human rights, and arts & culture causes. Among the nonprofits receiving funding are The Success Project, Teach for America, the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, Americans for Responsible Solutions and the RFK Center. Eric Lefkofsky and his wife pledged to give away the majority of their fortune when they signed The Giving Pledge in 2013. More of him in his facebook.com page.