If you ask successful entrepreneurs what led them to establish their first startup, most will admit that they realized a major challenge that required solving. The establishment of Tempus shares a similar story. It all started when Eric Lefkofsky’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The experience made Lefkofsky understand the importance of the availability of information towards effective cancer treatment.
Eric realized that different treatments worked for various patients. Therefore, the experience of one patient could be beneficial to another who is miles away. The truth is that these two patients might never meet, but if the information is on a standard interface, then it can reach the needy patient; thus enhancing the treatment process.
Lefkofsky knew he had to do something. He talked to Kevin White, the founding director of Genomics and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago, and they both set out to establish Tempus. White works on the precise steps that are required to build a successful product while Eric utilizes his experience in business activities. With the effort that they both bring into Tempus, doctors can now use their analytics systems to learn more about cancer treatment.
Eric Lefkofsky’s family and his philanthropic endeavors
Behind this successful entrepreneur that has been nicknamed “the serial entrepreneur,” is a man who is very philanthropic. In 2006, Lefkofsky and his better half, Liz, founded a charitable trust known as the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The foundation aims at enhancing the quality of human life within various communities. Through the foundation, the two have supported educational organizations, scientific endeavors and charity organizations around the world. Lefkofsky at Twitter .
Eric was raised in Southfield, Michigan by parents- Bill and Sandy. His father was a structural engineer while his mother was a school teacher. His sister Jodi is a former school teacher while his brother Steven is an attorney. Eric attended the University of Michigan for his first degree where he graduated with honors in 1991. He later went to University of Michigan Law School for his Juris Doctorate. Lefkofsky is happily married to his wife, Liz for about two decades, and they have three kids. Liz is a prominent arts patron and collector in Chicago.
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