Eric Lefkofsky started his company Tempus with the intention of assisting doctors with different ways to treat cancer by using the data that’s found in a patient’s genetic make up. He first got this idea after he watched a loved one go through traditional cancer treatment years ago. By using the methods that Tempus encourages, oncologists are able to treat each patient based mostly on how they feel their bodies will respond to medications due to what they discover after reading their genomic data.
Having graduated from law school at the University of Michigan, and teaching classes on business at DePaul University and the University of Chicago, the Tempus co-founder has worked for many years strengthening his skills in the business world, and has a strong interest in helping companies apply the type of advanced technology that will lead them to developing better solutions for certain issues. By promoting the use of personal medical data, his company Tempus provides cancer specialists and other doctors with a more precise way to treat certain diseases.
In addition to being a top executive at an innovative company, Eric Lefkofsky contributes to charities that are focused on supporting education and science, as well as other causes that are geared toward helping others who are in need. He and his wife started the Lefkofsky Foundation for this purpose, and they also joined another charity called The Giving Pledge. His other philanthropic efforts include being involved with the Children’s Memorial Hospital and The Art Institute of Chicago. He is also a board member of World Business Chicago, where he is the Co-Chairman of the Technology Council.
To add to his accomplishments and his instruction to aspiring entrepreneurs, Eric Lefkofsky is a published author of a book called Accelerated Disruption, which explains how technology affects business. Some of the topics the book covers are, choosing the right companies to innovate, and coming up with a capital strategy that will support a business while it’s in its critical stage of development. Eric Lefkofsky encourages business people not to be afraid to take chances or fail, and to keep advancing.