Eric Lefkofsky: From Law School into the Medical World

Born to Jewish parents in 1969, Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Tempus. He was raised in a Jewish family and is the son of a school teacher and a structural engineer. As a youth, Lefkosky went to Tamarack Camps where he worked as a staff member. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in the year 1987 and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991.Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus when he realized cancer some doctors lacked access to some data and technology as their counterparts in high-end hospitals. Lefkofsky decided to embark on a mission to find out if there was any individual or firm that was not utilizing technology at scale to help treat cancer patients.

Lefkofsky found none and knew someone had to build one.In the year 2015, Brad Keywell partnered with Lefkofskey and founded Tempus. The biotechnology firm focuses on the collection and analysis of large volumes of clinical and molecular data. Tempus had an interest in furthering precision medicine and this pushed the firm to build a series of data pipelines that would collect, clean, and conduct analyses in large volumes. Since its inception, Tempus has collaborated with several institutions in the research and treatment of cancer patients. Some of these organizations include the medical schools of Duke University, University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago.

Apart from these schools, the firm has also partnered with Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center among other community hospitals across the United States.Together with his wife, in 2006, Lefkofsky founded a charitable trust—The Lefkofsky Foundation. The trust focuses solely on children. To date, the foundation has funded more than 50 other organizations. In 2013, he became a member of The Giving Pledge—a firm that seeks to encourage the rich to donate large portions of their wealth to the charitable events and organizations.

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