Sometimes, when you are faced with an overwhelming problem with no easy solution, you have to be the one to find and fight for it. This is exactly what Eric Lefkofsky did when he created Tempus after his wife Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer. He was able to see first hand that the healthcare industry was woefully behind in technology compared to other industries despite electronic health records. This problem was not only frustrating, it was deadly. There needed to be a way to collect every last bit of data on a patient and their disease to streamline it into data that was not only accessible, but made sense.
Tempus doesn’t just aim to organize information, it wants to be able to mainstream the collection and use of the human genome by making it more affordable. Lefkofsky wants there to be less of a guessing game when it comes to finding the best medications and treatments for cancer and other daunting diseases. Tempus wants to create an operating system to manage and navigate disease treatment and the human body, this may seem like a lofty goal, but not an impossible one.
Eric Lefkofsky started with the humble beginnings of selling carpet at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, and has recently left his CEO position at Groupon (a company he co-founded) to focus on Tempus and philanthropy work. A video on Tempus’ website states, “We believe we can propel the next breakthrough in healthcare.” Lefkofsky thinks that out of all the changes big data and AI will make to the world, the impact on health technology will be one of the greatest and most rewarding.
In 2006, he and his wife established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on the community in Chicago and its surrounding areas. Eric Lefkofsky has given millions throughout the recent years to cancer research and treatment facilities, along with being a trustee for Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The Lefkofsky’s are so dedicated to their charitable work that they have become part of The Giving Pledge, a group of philanthropists that have pledged to donate at least half of their wealth during their lifetimes.
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