In 2015 Billionaire Eric Lefkofsky Co-founded Tempus, a Chicago based company focused on using genomic sequencing to help doctors personalize cancer treatment. Recently they have raised 70$ million in their recent funding round from investors Revolution Growth and New Enterprise Associates. This bringing them to around 130$ million since the startup began. Lefkofsky has also personally donated in every round of fundraising and remains its largest investor.
Tempus is currently working on building the world’s largest library of molecular and clinical data and working on an operating system to make that information accessible and useful. This data will help doctors develop a better care and treatment plan for their patients. Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth have donated to cancer research for years through The Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Eric is also a trustee at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He and his wife have pledged to donate at least half of their wealth over their lifetime to philanthropy and are truly passionate about advancing research in cancer through his knowledge of technology.
Eric Lefkofsky has been one of Chicago’s most influential tech figures. He has assisted in the Co-founding of companies such as InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, MediaBank, Groupon, and Uptake. Eric also began to teach at business schools in Chicago since his success at InnerWorkings. Previously teaching Applied Technology at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellog School of Management. He also wrote Accelerated Disruption, a book about how technology affects business. Now he hopes to take all of his experience and apply it more hands on to research through Tempus. Caring for cancer patients and loved ones has and always will be his goal with this project, and to open the door to new possibilities with cancer research.