Tempus co-founder Eric Lefkofsky planned to be done starting businesses. Lefkofsky has already co-founded Groupon, as well as a number of other technology companies. After leaving his job as Groupon CEO, he plans to do something different.
Everything changed when his wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer. After going with her to treatments and consultations with doctors, Lefkofsky realized how little information is available for doctors to work with when treating cancer. He felt that all available data about cancer should be in one place, so that doctors could easily consult it and make an informed decision. It occurred to Lefkofsky that this was a problem he knew how to solve, and Tempus was born and learn more about Eric.
Along with his business partner, Brad Keywell, Lefkofsky began by forming partnerships with health organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. Oncologists at these organizations sent their patients to Lefkofsky and Keywell, who built a library of patient information and created an operating system that doctors could use to access it. They plan to grow their data library as much as they can. This way doctors can find patients with the same specific mutations as their current patients, and look at what treatments have worked in the past in order to make informed decisions and more information click here.
Lefkofsky has a major advantage with Tempus. Unlike similar companies, Tempus doesn’t need to rely on any outside funding. Lefkofsky’s net worth is $1.7 billion, and he has funded Tempus completely on his own. He believes this is the most important work he’s ever done, and is willing to invest as much as it takes to keep Tempus alive and self-sufficient.
Lefkofsky has started many successful businesses before this one. The best-known is Groupon. He is also co-founder of Uptake Technologies, MediaOcean, Echo Global Logistics, and InnerWorkings. These are all successful technology companies.
Lefkofsky was actively involved in helping others even before starting Tempus. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which he started with Elizabeth, works to advance important programs and research that impact the world. He is also a Trustee at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.