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How Eric Lefkofsky’s New Company Is Helping Cancer Patients

One statistic that shocks many people is that about 40% of American adults are diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Around 14.5 million people in the nation had cancer in 2014 and experts expect this will be over 19 million in 2024. People are facing much better odds at beating this disease, though, thanks to companies like Tempus out of Chicago, Illinois. This company was co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky and it is already helping doctors diagnose and treat cancer.

People think that the healthcare industry is completely up to speed on technological advances given electronic health records have been around for a number of years. Sadly this really isn’t true. Eric Lefkofsky first had his first experience with cancer when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the most common forms of this disease. While dealing with this issue he learned that there were huge holes in the industry in regards to digital technology and the collection of data. He has years of experience in the technology industry, such as being one of the founders of Groupon, so he found the situation very unsettling.

Eric Lefkofsky decided he could create a way of gathering all of the data that is generated when a patient is being treated with cancer and harness it all into an online platform. This would streamline the collection of data and make it far more accessible to physicians. This is what Tempus now does and its helping patients across the United States.
Eric Lefkofsky is from Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan where he received both his bachelor’s and JD. He has been an entrepreneur ever since his days in college when he started a carpet selling business. Beyond Tempus and Groupon he has also founded or co-founded other companies like MediaBank (a tech company that buys online media businesses), and Lightbank which invests in Chicago tech startups.

The Lefkofsky Family Foundation was started by Eric Lefkofsky and his wife in 2006. This nonprofit supplies financial backing to nonprofits that help those in their communities. A particular focus of their foundation is on children. They have also signed the Giving Pledge which means most of their fortune will eventually be given away.

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