How an Entrepreneur is Changing the Way We Fight Cancer

The Billionaire Behind It All

Eric Lefkofsky is one of the world’s most established businessmen. With a net worth nearing $2 billion he clearly understands something about how to run a successful business. Beginning his career as an entrepreneur while still attending classes at the University of Michigan Lefkofsky has evolved from selling carpets to running some of the world’s greatest companies. Whether he’s serving as the chairman of Groupon or directing management at Tempus Lefkofsky keeps on finding ways to lead commerce towards innovations. While his success is clearly important to him he has other goals in mind as well. He places great importance in helping other battle disease and improve the social condition of the common man.



A Brief History

Eric Lefkofsky was born in raised in the state of Michigan. His father was a structural engineer and his mother was a school teacher. Both Lefkofsky and his brother pursued law degrees after high school but Lefkofsky found himself fixated on entrepreneurial interests. He wanted to prove himself in the world of business and to do that he opened up his own businesses.


As an entrepreneur Lefkofsky has cofounded more than half a dozen companies. Groupon, Lightbank, and InnerWorkings are just a few examples of the brilliant firms he has helped established. Whenever he touches something it turns to gold almost overnight. In fact in 2010 Groupon was on track to reach $1 billion in revenue faster than any other business in history. With this understanding of how to succeed in building a business Lefkofsky is now tackling one of the greatest challenges of his life.



Solving An Age Old Problem

The core idea behind Lefkofsky’s latest startup Tempus is essentially giving doctors a way to offer their patients personalized care. Each case of cancer is the result of a number of genetic and environmental factors interacting with each other. To provide the proper care each patient needs Tempus gathers the data needed to give each patient exactly what fits their specific needs. Everything from genetic sequencing to analytics gives doctors the clearest picture of their patient possible.


This “Big Data” approach to healthcare is an example of what Eric Lefkofsky does. He understands how to find a need and what to do to fulfill that need. With his help the future of cancer therapy will find solutions we can’t even dream of. Eventually down the road this approach may even lay the groundwork for personalized medicine and other far reaching ideals.

Read more about Lefkofsky and Tempus in this recent Yahoo news article.