Born in Southfield, Michigan, Eric Lefkofsky, a self-made billionaire, emerged from somewhat humble beginnings. After he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991, he sold carpet, and in 1993 received his Juris Doctor at the University of Michigan Law School. After law school, Lefkofsky had many ventures, some that eventually led to great wealth. One of those ventures is a very familiar company called Groupon, in which he became the CEO. Lefkofsky stepped down as CEO and became chairman in 2015. In 2016, Lefkofsky co-founded the technology company, Tempus.
Tempus is not just any technology company. Lefkofsky’s motivation for Tempus was born when a loved one was suffering from cancer. Lefkofsky saw up close and personal a need for physicians to better treat their patients, and technology was the answer. His experience prompted him to use his platform to bring this technology to physicians and their patients.
Tempus has built a software system that helps physicians to make real-time decisions based upon data from genomic sequencing services. When a physician has access to this amazing advanced technology that analyzes molecular and therapeutic data, their patients have answers that would otherwise cost them precious time. This data allows doctors to personalizes care for each patient with speed, precision, and accuracy. Lefkofsky, with the help of his team, has made this technology available, and has already began to help save lives and give people hope.
Lefkofsky is also quite the philanthropist. Lefkofsky Family Foundation (LFF) was founded by him and his wife, Liz, in order to enhance the well-being of others, particularly children. Their are four main focuses with LFF which are education, basic human rights, medical advancement, and arts and culture. The Lefkofsky’s believe that education is a basic human right, and LFF helps to make available formidable education for people in their community. The foundation also supports medical advancement, of cancer in particular, since it has affected the Lefkofsky’s personally. LFF also supports the arts and culture in their community with the belief that cities and communities thrive with its richness. LFF is located in Chicago, IL, where the Lefkofsky’s live.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, self-made billionaire, husband and father, Eric Lefkofsky has come a long way from selling carpet at the University of Michigan. His contributions to technology in the realm of modern medicine has already helped many people. It will be amazing to see what he accomplishes in the next few years with Tempus and other ventures he has yet to unveil.
Read more about Eric Lefkofsky here: www.forbes.com/profile/eric-lefkofsky