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Eric Lefkofsky puts the ‘human’ in Humanitarianism.
By Shade Stone

Eric Lefkofsky is well known in the business world for the numerous startup enterprises he has fostered throughout his career. It is Lefkofsky’s philanthropic ventures, particularly in healthcare, that helps define his good works for the world as a whole. Though he has made his fortunes co-founding companies like Groupon, Lightbank, InnerWorkings, Mediaocean and Uptake to name a few. It is Lefkofsky’s newest project, Tempus, that moves him out of entrepreneurship and into a category of being socially conscience.

Tempus technological company co-founded in 2015 by Eric Lefkofsky, houses the world’s largest library of clinical and molecular data. Tempus works by cataloging past and present cancer treatments of patients. It provides physicians with many tools for treatment as it gathers more data to catalog with any current patients. In essence, Tempus specializes as an operating system that enables physicians to access and perform personalized cancer care for patients, through an interactive computer program based on an analytical learning platform.

It is Eric Lefkofsky’s work in healthcare which uncovers his true altruistic core, for his investment is not one of profit but one of a greater contribution to humanity. Fueled by his desire to cure his wife’s personal battle with breast cancer along with a drive to rid the world of this affliction, Tempus was created to understand cancer in new ways. Tempus offers many scientific breakthroughs that pose as a real game changer for future cancer treatments and for healthcare in general.

Eric Lefkofsky, along with his wife, also formed the Lefkofsky Family Foundation which focuses on children’s aid and development. This foundation is a charitable trust that supports scientific, educational and like-minded charitable organizations around the globe. The Lefkofsky foundation has aided in funding more than 50 organizations so far. Who says one person can not help change the world?

Eric Lefkofsky and the Lefkosky Foundation

Co-founder of Tempus and American billionaire businessman, Eric Lefkofsky, was born in 1969. He was brought up in Southfield, Michigan in a Jewish family. His mother was a school teacher and his father a structural engineer. He attended Southfield-Lathrup High School and graduated in 1987. He went on to study at University of Michigan, graduating with honors in 1991. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993. He works at the University Of Chicago School Of Business as an adjunct professor.

Establishing the Foundation

A family member of Eric’s was diagnosed with breast cancer years back. Despite receiving care from some of the best hospitals, Eric was shocked by how little informed by modern technology, her care was. This inspired Eric to delve into cancer research. There was a lot of data generation, collection and storage but there was no efficient way of making sense of it. He took this as an opportunity to help doctors make more knowledgeable decisions by creation connections through genome sequencing and many other technologies.

The Lefkofsky Foundation

Lefkofsky and his wife, Elizabeth, launched Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable trust, in order to support charitable educational and scientific organizations and causes around the globe. The foundation that focuses on children has assisted more than 50 organizations till to date. Elizabeth and Eric joined The Giving Pledge in 2013. They promised to donate at least half their wealth over the duration of their lifetimes.

In 2015, Eric and Elizabeth pledged $1.2 million to advance the development of heart disease and cancer research at the University of Michigan Health System. The donation came as a grant given for academics as part of the Lefkofsky Scholar Initiative financed by the Lefkofsky foundation. Six students are to be awarded with grants and expected to report their progress within six months. They will receive $75,000 each over a period of two-to-three years.

The Observation

Eric Lefkofsky is an administrator of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, World Business Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. He also chairs the Board of Trustees of Steppenwolf Theater company in Chicago.

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