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How Eric Lefkofsky Is Helping Physicians Treat Cancer

Eric Lefkofsky, a long-time entrepreneur, has turned his attention to the healthcare industry. In particular, he is focused on helping physicians in their quest to cure cancer patients. He co-founded Tempus, Inc. with a business partner after witnessing himself the holes in the industry in regards to digital technology and data collection. Tempus is designed to fill in these gaps and giving physicians a digital platform that is presented in an effective and streamlined way.

The technology used by Tempus is designed to create the world’s largest database when it comes to cancer care. Their software analyzes a patients clinical and molecular data and compares it back against this database. The analytics software can show which treatments provide the best outcomes given that patients situation. The team at Tempus has made an affordable way to manage this because of how they collect the information that goes into the database. The platform includes both an optical character recognition AI as well as containing a natural language processor. This system captures information found in physician notes which is then used by other physicians to treat their patients.

Eric Lefkofsky is best known for co-founding Groupon, the online local deals provider. He has founded and/or co-founded a number of other companies as well. This includes Lightbank, a venture capital firm, and Echo Global Logistics which provides transportation services as well as supply chain management. He has also served as a top executive of these companies, including as Chairman and as Chief Executive Officer.

It was at the University of Michigan that Eric Lefkofsky earned his bachelor’s degree in 1991. He also has a law degree which he earned in 1994 from the University of Michigan Law School. He has been an entrepreneur throughout his adult life. He continues to live in the Chicago area and has headquartered all of his businesses in that city.

Eric and his wife, Elizabeth, are also philanthropists. They established the Lefkofsky Foundation which operates as a charitable trust. They support nonprofits around the world, especially those that are educational and/or scientific that are focused on children.