If you have never heard of Eric Lefkofsky, you are probably not alone. The founder of Groupon may not be as well known as some of his entrepreneurial counterparts today, but his philanthropic endeavors are surely making a difference. Eric is the Trustee of the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. In 2006, Eric and his wife Liz started their own charitable foundation, when they created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Their foundation hopes to have the greatest impacts on education, human rights, and medical research.
Lefkofsky’s latest venture, and perhaps his most ambitious is Tempus Labs. He started this company after dealing with a close family member’s bout with cancer. He recalled the frustration of being at these doctor visits and just feeling that more could be done. This prompted him to co-found Tempus Labs, a new technology company that hopes to use big data analytics to tackle some of today’s toughest medical conditions. The first focus will be on cancer patients. Tempus Labs hopes to make sense of the huge amounts of data that is electronically entered into hospital’s databases on a daily basis. By breaking this data down into layers and making it easily decipherable, physicians and medical professionals will then be able to customize patient’s care plans, thus improving treatment rates and prolonging quality life.
Eric and his wife Liz truly are new age philanthropists. They feel that education and healthcare are human rights and not privileges, and have continuously shown their generosity with all their charitable donations and foundation. Now, with Tempus Labs partnering with the medical industry, they hope to make an even bigger difference in the world today and the future alike.
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