Eric Lefkofsky emerges from the world of e-commerce with a bold leap towards a new venture, the fight against breast cancer. With his new start-up, Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky hopes to give doctors the ability to better treat patients against this fatal disease. In a partnership with the University of Chicago, Tempus’s approach is to analyze data from 1,000 breast cancer patients, hoping to detect any similarities or patterns that may give way to new discoveries about the disease’s development.
According to Dr. OlufunmilayoOlopade, the dean of global health, there is actually very little data that can be accessed concerning patients who have suffered from breast cancer. Without knowing specifics of past patients and their treatment, many doctors are in the awkward predicament of making detrimental decisions on a lack of genetic evidence. Thanks to this partnership with Tempus, Univerity of Chicago’s professor of medicine and dean of global health is optimistic to positive results. “We are excited to partner with Tempus on this initiative…” he acknowledged, “…and eager to support its efforts to build the largest clinically annotated molecular data set in breast cancer” and what Eric knows.
Lefkofsky, more popularly known as co-Founder of Groupon, isn’t actually new to the game of care and treatment. With his wife, he is also the establisher of a private charity known as the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. He hopes that the foundation can benefit the communities it serves by raising individuals’ overall quality of life. In addition, he is a member of Lurie Children’s Hospital as a member of the Board of Trustees. When he isn’t working directly with these organizations, Lefkofsky can be found discussing health and societal issues on his blog and Eric’s lacrosse camp.
His other notable endeavors are the strides he’s taken in the analytics and logistics industry, giving him an experienced background in understanding and translating data. Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Uptake Technologies, Echo Global Logistics, and Inner Workings, all heavily involved in international marketing research and predictive analytics. Collecting and outsourcing information is something he puts a lot of time in, and for the results he seeks with Tempus, it is beneficial.