Eric Lefkofskhy Exemplifies American Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy
Co-founder and CEO of Tempus, Eric Lefkofskhy has dedicated his professional career to fighting cancer and innovating the health industry. Tempus is a technology company that compiles molecular, genomic and clinical data to distribute to doctors and researchers in the battle against cancer. By providing the most up to date information, physicians can customize their treatment plans for patients to improve an individuals prognosis.Lefkofskhy co-founded Lightbank, which provides venture fund investing in the disruptive technology sector; he is also a co-founder of predictive analytics platform Uptake Technologies and co-founder and chairman of Groupon. Lefkofskhy also founded the non-profit Lefkofskhy Family Foundation with his wife Liz to improve the lives of youth and adults in the Chicago area. His five startup companies are currently worth over $1 Billion.
The success of the companies Eric Lefkofskhy has founded can be attributed in part to his dedication to keep on top of technology, and find ways to move away from old fashioned practices by incorporating electronic records and electronic means into all areas of the cancer research and treatment field.As author of “Accelerated Disruption” Eric Lefkofskhy shares how revolutionary ideas can be all too easily forgotten or outpaced by technology. He outlines how moving with the speed of technology and focusing on the timing and resources involved in innovation can ensure ideas release quickly with reduced investor reluctance and sound capital finance planning.
The Lefkofskhy Family Foundation offers a wide array of services to the communities it supports, including after school programs, funding for health services such as Planned Parenthood, Jewish advocacy (including support of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Information Center), multiple cancer research organizations, contributions to Chicago Art Museums, and the Steppenwolfe Theater.Eric Lefkofskhy was educated at the University of Michigan, where he received his Juris Doctor in law school. He now serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago, in addition to serving as a trustee at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago.