Tempur, Cancer, and Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus, a data collecting company that aims to improve the treatment of cancer. When his wife became ill with the disease, he realized the oncologist didn’t have all the information on other patients, as he should have had, to properly diagnose the many treatments needed to treat cancer. Tempus was created by Lefkofsky to collect the treatment data of current patients, take all of their personal information off the pertinent data, and send it back to the original source for analysis.

What Mr Lefkofsky would like to see, is an easier route to the research of cancer and the treatments used to cure the disease. People respond differently to the same treatment, and Lefkofsky would like the doctors and other researchers to have the information in front of them, so that they can distinguish one patient from another in terms of treatment. Lefkofsky believes Tempus will be an important tool being used in the discovery of many new personalized vaccines based on gene research, like that of CRISPR. Click here to know more.

Lefkofsky went to the University of Michigan Law and earned his law degree. Soon afterward, in 1994, he and his business partner, Bradley Keywell, borrowed the money to buy, Brandon Apparel. The company did not do well, and lawsuits followed the pair for many years. In 1999, Lefkofsky and Keywell decided to go into business again, this time an internet business that specialized in promotional items called, Starbelly. They sold the business for $240 million. Lefkofsky went on to create, buy, and sell more companies that contributed to his many successes.

Together with his wife, Liz, in 2006, they started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Their focus is on the betterment of their community in the Chicago area and globally. The many charities they are involved in include those in the areas of education, health, science, arts and culture, human rights, and Technology.