Eric Lefkofsky has enjoyed a precipitous rise through the corporate ranks. However, some of his most notable accomplishments have come as the result of his philanthropy. Lefkofsky, who graduated from the University of Michigan with undergraduate and law degrees, began his first company in 1999. Since then, he has started or co-founded numerous corporations, the most notable being Groupon, which Forbes Magazine, in 2010, called the fastest growing company in history.
Success afforded and inspired Eric Lefkofsky to, in 2006, initiate the Lefkofsky Foundation. This organization provides funding and support to scientific and educational programs throughout the world, which help many segments of the population. Foundation’s mission tenets are to ensure persons in need receive a quality education, are granted fundamental human rights, can benefit from innovative medical research and enjoy the expansion of cultural initiatives. To date, Foundation has assisted more than 50 entities.
Along this theme, Lefkofsky co-founded and serves as current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tempus Corporation. Tempus is comprised of scientists and physicians dedicated to providing cancer patients specialized, individual care.
It is Tempus’s philosophy that every patient’s illness is different and battling cancer is not simply about treating symptoms, but studying how the disease forms and progresses. Many cancers grow and spread due to genetic mutations contained inside the DNA of individual patients. Certain treatments address these mutations. Tempus employees gather, process and examine genetic samples and utilize technology to quickly assess specific cases. When research is completed, Tempus provides patients and their healthcare providers a comprehensive report and, should study conclude malignancy is caused by a genetic mutation, a patient and his or her physician can work together to find the most appropriate treatment options.
Tempus has partnered with academic institutions like the University of Michigan and honored healthcare facilities like the Mayo Clinic.
Lefkofsky is determined to continue establishing cutting-edge medical advancements designed to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening afflictions.