Those not active in business or investments may be unfamiliar with Eric Lefkosky is spite of his extensive entrepreneurship. That said, the average person is likely familiar with a brand he co-founded and helped fund. That company is Groupon. Today the site is successful and a household name, but in 2007 he was making a leap of faith. The successful company was not his first foray into business, most of his adult life has been dedicated to finding new ventures and shepherding them forward. He started running a business right after graduating from law school and never looked back. He founded 8 companies in the following decades, including Groupon. His interests have been diverse including everything from freight logistics to a media-buying tech company. His latest venture may be his most interesting. In 2015 Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus, a company dedicated to cancer care.
Tempus.com is aimed at helping doctors personalize treatment via data analysis and genetic mapping. In spite of the company’s youth it has already begun partnering with health care organizations including the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine. This partnership was announced in early 2017 and will involve analysis of 1,000 patient records in order to ensure those patients of the world-renowned clinic receive the best of care.
Eric Lefkofsky’s dream for the company is to create a data library that doctors can use to build more effective treatment strategies. The masses of data on patient genomes, medication success rates, and negative reactions to treatments are being inputted into a database that will allow experts to view patterns of success and failure. As more companies join in the database will grow and be more likely to show patterns of connection genetics and medication efficacy.
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The success of the venture rests on the connections that are already being nurtured. He has stated in interviews that he hopes this database will become an operation system for oncologists everywhere. The database will undoubtedly also help researchers make leaps forward when they have access to patterns that were heretofore hidden. Only time will tell if Tempus will be as useful as he hopes but already Eric Lefkofsky is showing how business can offer hope in a tangible and inspiring way.