Eric Lefkofsky is a co-founder of Groupon, a Chicago based tech company. Since leaving his position as CEO of Groupon, Eric has been working on a project called Tempus, a health-technology company that is trying to modernize cancer treatment. The goal of Tempus is to help doctors and other healthcare professionals make date-driven decisions about treatments, based on a patient’s genetic code and the available molecular protocols.
Tempus gathers and analyzed genomic data using statistics and proprietary algorithms, to direct the physician to a more personalized treatment program for that particular patient. Currently the company is focused on breast cancer, and lung and pancreatic cancer treatments. It expects to add other types of cancer treatment to the program over time.
Eric believes that the medical industry needs to use big data and artificial intelligence to take a giant step forward. He thinks that healthcare will be light years ahead of where it is now by merging technology and medicine in a productive way. By using the huge databases of information, more can be done to help cancer patients get the best treatments available.
Eric is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus. He is a co-founder and director of Lightbank, that invests in disruptive technologies. He is also one of the co-founders and the Chairman of Groupon, and exchange traded, global e-commerce company. In 2006, Lefkofsky established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, to manage his philanthropic and charitable giving programs, along with his wife Liz.
Lefkofsky serves on the boards of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, the Art Institute, the Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He is Chairman of the Board at Steppenwolf Theatre. Eric is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He authored Accelerated Disruption. Before starting his whirlwind career, Eric graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctorate from their law school.
Eric and Liz support cancer research through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. They donate to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. They support immunotherapy for gastric cancer through Stanford University. They are involved with University of Michigan and New York Weill Cornell cancer research.
What is ‘Accelerated Disruption’ About?
Eric wrote a book describing how disruptive businesses, with great ideas fail to deliver the goods. They fail because they do not realize how important technology and the speed of its development is to today’s businesses. It talks about selecting the right industries to develop, and how using difficulties within your business, can be turned into an advantage. It discusses how to get the best out of the people who work for you, and how to continue to strive for new levels of technology and innovation.
Eric continues to use his entrepreneurial skills to build new technology companies. He is currently focused on furthering the benefits technology can do for those suffering from illnesses. Through his work and his charitable giving, he hopes to make a major push in cancer treatment in the very near term.