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Billionaire Entrepreneur, Eric Lefkofsky’s War On Cancer

As a billionaire “serial entrepreneur,” Eric Lefkofsky is one busy man. Groupon is just one of many business entities, where he’s maintains involvement in day-to-day operations, also guiding the development from a leadership position. Groupon is a world famous subscriber based concept co-created by Lefkofsky. When Eric isn’t working at Groupon, he’s also an Adjunct professor, board member, founder, chairman or CEO for other businesses he’s created or helped to create.

Out of all of his entrepreneurial efforts and endeavors, perhaps there’s none more significant than Tempus. Newly launched in 2016, Tempus is a technological innovator, researching the best use of compiled raw data from cancer patients.

This raw data contains all the information about which treatment works best for the correlating kind of cancer. Then the data is combined with the patient’s own medical history and specifics about their cancer. It is thought that understanding the sum total of phenotypical, molecular and prototypical data, will greatly improve cancer mortality rates.

Listed by the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, Tempus Health Incorporated is gathering data for use by treating physicians, in order to enhance clinical treatment options. Options, which would then give cancer patients a greater chance for survival. Tempus is a start-up technological based research organization. Lefkofsky strongly believes that technology is the key to improving clinical treatment. In the near future, Tempus hopes to significantly reduced the number of cancer deaths.

To date, Eric Lefkofsky has quietly donated millions of dollar to improve cancer research. So, it follows that his philanthropic initiatives would lead him to the creation of Tempus. Lefkofsky witnessed someone receiving cancer treatment and he began ruminating about using modern technological to find a cure for the most aggressive types.

Since its launch, Tempus has been operating out of the same building as another Lefkofsky co-founded business, Lightbank. What Eric Lefkofsky hopes Tempus will accomplish, is provide real-time research data, available at bedside, for all physicians treating cancer patients. Using this real time data will help to develop modern therapies, thus providing cancer patients with personalized, precise treatment for better overall care.

In January 2016, Eric Lefkofsky was profiled on the website, “Inside Philanthropy.” Inside Philanthropy is a non-profit website founded in 2013. It is devoted to highlighting major gift giving by those involved in the philanthropy sector. When profiling Lefkofsky, the website focused on the efforts of a charitable trust, he created with his wife in 2006. The trust, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation is prominently recognized throughout the Illinois area for its generous quarterly gift giving. Eric Lefkofsky on behalf of the trust has awarded numerous large grants to various organizations within the Chicago arts and culture community.