Eric Lefkofsky: Stepping Closer to Customized Cancer Cure

Eric Lefkofsky’s effort towards finding an effective, customized cancer cure has moved a step closer following the founding of a technology startup, Tempus. Founded in partnership with Lefkofsky’s long time business partner Brad Keywell, Tempus will spearhead the development of cancer genomic database. The database will comprise of DNA samples collected from the numerous cancer patients. Doctors can compare the DNA samples of their patients in the database with the view of developing cancer management strategies and customized cancer therapies.

To ensure that their plan succeeds, Tempus’ management is bringing together highly experienced talents with strong background. One such talent is the experienced geneticist Kevin White who has over 10 years experience in genomic studies. Mr. White will operate from 20,000 –square-foot gene sequencing lab Tempus has constructed. The company has also developed a gene sequencing software capable of comparing the sequenced genes from different patients. Eric Lefkofsky believes that Tempus can take advantage of the technological developments and partner with hospitals to take cancer management and cure to the next level.

Eric Lefkofksy’s Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Eric Lefkofksy divested his investments in various industries ranging from branding to technology. He has a keen eye for investment opportunities and has grown his startups into big businesses with global scope of operations. His early forays into entrepreneurship saw him found InnnerWorkings in 2001 where he served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago, Illinois based provider of promotional and printing services. His fascination with technology saw him found Echo Global Logistics in 2005. The outsourcing firm specializes in technology-based transportation and logistics. He later founded MediaBank; an advertising firm, which merged with Donovan Data Systems in 2012 to form Mediaocean to learn more: click here.

He further divested his investments by trying his hands in the investment and financial markets by cofounding Lightbank in 2010. He also partnered in the founding of Groupon in 2007 where has served as chairman up to 2015 when he took over the reins at Tempus. The cofounder of Uptake is a certified attorney having graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School. He is also an author. Eric Lefkofksy also works at University of Chicago as an adjunct professor.

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