Eric Lefkofsky: A Well-Rounded Philanthropist

June 15th, 2017

A technology company by the name of Tempus has developed an operating system that helps in the fight against cancer. A genomic database of cancer is currently being developed. The purpose of this database is to compare the genomes of cancer patients to the genomes of other cancer patients in order to figure out which treatments might work best for each individual. The whole idea behind this is that people with similar genetic sequences might respond the same way to certain treatments. This system may help doctors to prolong the lives of their patients and even cure some people.

Tempus has partnered with various hospitals to collect large amounts of data to add to the database. Tempus will do gene-sequencing tests in a 20,000 square foot lab. The company has developed software for doctors that makes it possible to compare DNA profiles of patients.The man behind Tempus and this valiant pursuit to fight cancer is Eric Lefkofsky. Lefkofsky is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus. He attended the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Aside from Tempus, he also the the co-founder of Uptake Technologies, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, Innerworkings and Lightbank. He is also Chairman and co-founder of the well known company Groupon.

Outside of these companies, he takes on various roles having to do with philanthropy, education, arts and the community. He is a trustee of various places such as The Art Institute Chicago, World Business Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry (in Chicago) and Lurie Children’s Hospital. He serves as a Chairman on the board of trustees for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He has written Accelerated Disruption and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago.Lefkofsky established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006 with his wife, Liz. Through this organization, they often donate money to cancer research. The Lefkofsky’s became members of The Giving Pledge in 2013, pledging to give at least half of their earnings over their lifetimes to philanthropy.

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