Eric Lefkofksy –Using Big Data to Solve the Cancer Puzzle

1.7 million Americans will have been diagnosed with cancer in 2017. They will be treated in a few thousand treatment facilities. The doctors treating them will be scribbling notes about the progress of each patient. And in spite of the already vast amount of literature available on the subject, some treatments will work in some patients and others won’t, in other patients. The reason why this happens remains hidden in those hastily scribbled notes: a vast but disorganized gold mine which is hard to mine currently. This is where Eric Lefkofksy steps in. The Chicago-based startup “Tempus”, which he co-founded, has the required tools to create this vast database, capable of taking in the data, processing, and providing the required advice about the treatment for a specific patient to a doctor: it is an “end-to-end” solution, which Eric now runs full time.

Eric Lefkofksy, 49, is a successful entrepreneur- billionaire- his net worth, as of 02/15/2018 was $ 2.1 billion, which he primarily made by cofounding Groupon with his business buddy Brad Keywell. They also founded the venture capital firm Lightbank, through which they have invested in over a hundred start-ups, such as the ecommerce company Beachmint. The two have also created another data science company Uptake, which helps client companies improve their operations and safety.

Eric Lefkofksy grew up near Detroit and attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate and law degrees.

Eric is also active socially, being a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago , Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. His Lefkofsky Family Foundation supports education, human rights, art, and medicine. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business., and has authored the book “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation”.

Starting with his creation of tempus, and going all the way to his interest in making Glencoe- his Chicago suburb- a safe and better place, Eric Lefkofksy shows all the signs of being a caring, engaged citizen.

For details: www.crunchbase.com/person/eric-lefkofsky

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