Eric Lefkofsky is an inveterate entrepreneur, having been involved in at least six start-ups in his career, not least of which was Groupon. Some of his other endeavors include the startup of Lightbank, Uptake Technologies, MediaOcean, Echo Global Logistics and InnerWorkings.
In 2007 Mr. Lefkofsky co-founded and helped fund ThePoint.com. In 2008 thePoint became Groupon.com. Eric Lefkofsky was named CEO of that company in August of 2013.
Still Chairman at Groupon, he left his position as CEO in 2015 to be Co-Founder and CEO of Tempus in Chicago. Tempus is taking on the huge task of data mining and sequencing for cancer research.
Eric Lefkofsky sees that one of the biggest problems in cancer research is that there is not one place where all of the data is collected and cleaned. He and his colleagues believe that knowledge that will lead towards improved cancer care can be gleaned from information found in a big enough data bank.
The mission of Tempus is to bring all of the data that has been collected by clinicians to one place. When there is enough data patterns can be seen. These patterns can then be studied and analyzed by doctors and pharmaceutical companies and biotech engineers. Eventually this analysis will lead to more precise cancer therapies. Until now, there has not been a system set up to maximize all of the data that has been stored in different places.
The kinds of information that is being culled includes: which drug was given to which patient? What was the response? What other biological data is there? There is also information from imaging and biotech companies and pharmaceuticals — all of the stake holders in Cancer research.
Mr. Lefkofsky’s other interests are wide and deep. He sits on several Boards of Directors in Chicago. This list includes Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He is also Board Chairman at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Eric is also an educator. In addition, he and his wife manage the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable organization.