Eric Lefkofsky is one of Chicago’s most influential tech experts and founder of Groupon. Over time, Eric has donated millions of dollars towards cancer research and treatment initiatives. He has recently established a startup that focuses on developing a smarter approach to cure cancer. Since stepping down as the CEO of Groupon, Eric Lefkofsky has been working as the president of Tempus, a health-tech startup that specializes in modernized cancer treatment technology.
Tempus devotes to helping healthcare professionals to make data-driven, personalized, and real-time treatment decisions. The health-tech startup uses cutting-edge genomic sequencing to help doctors understand a patient’s tumor better. Tempus uses proprietary algorithms and statistical analysis to collect and analyze genomic data used to unravel opportunities to help doctors to provide more personalized and precise medication. Tempus uses this data to develop better treatment and care plan for cancer patients. Meanwhile, Teumpus only treats breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer patients, but it expects to incorporate more types of cancer in the future.
Tempus currently has 29 employees, including the former product director at HighGround, Hunter Lane. The former Trustwave alum, Anil Saldanha also works at Tempus as the Vice President of engineering while Ryan Fukushima, a former vice president of Lighbank holds an executive role at Tempus. Through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, Eric and his wife, Liz, often gives donations to cancer research causes. Lefkofsky’s donated $1 million to support the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. They had also donated $500,000 one month earlier to support a gastric cancer research initiative undertaken by the Stanford University. In the same month, Lefkofsky’s donated $1.2 million to support a cancer study at the University of Michigan. In November, Eric Lefkofsky gave $250,000 towards a breast cancer research program at New York’s Cornell Medicine.
Besides his role at Tempus, Lefkofsky also serves as a Trustee at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He became a member of The Giving Pledge in 2013 and promised to donate at least half of his wealth towards philanthropic work. Chief Operating Officer Williams replaced Eric Lefkofksy as Groupon’s Chief Executive Officer. Eric Lefkofsky has established himself as a prominent entrepreneur, having founded a series of enterprises including Mediaocean, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, and Uptake, a startup under Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell management. Eric Lefkofsky has recently begun a teaching career, lecturing at numerous business schools in Chicago. He previously taught a course in disruptive business models at Northwood University.