A cancer genomic database has a huge potential of revolutionizing human understanding of cancer, its management and even cure. The advancements in technology present unique opportunities for cancer researchers and companies to further their knowledge on disease. One such individual is Eric Lefkofsky who partnered with Brad Keywell to found Tempus. The serial investor aims at guiding Tempus to develop the cancer genomic database that doctors can share to gain insight into cancer and develop individualized treatment therapies. The database will be developed in collaboration with several hospitals and research the company’s research scientists working at its mega laboratories. The company has also embarked on an initiative aimed at bringing some of the best talents in scientific research with specialization in oncology to ensure that the revolutionary project succeeds. One such talent that Tempus has already brought on board is Kevin White who is a highly experienced and qualified geneticist. He will help Tempus collect and compare DNA profile of various cancer patients with the view of customizing their cancer therapies.

Lifetime Dedication to Fighting Cancer and Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Eric Lefkofsky is a serial investor who has dedicated his life to fighting cancer through financial donations, which run in millions of dollars. Together with his wife, he cofounded Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. The charitable organization is dedicated to promoting high-impacts initiatives that promote health, education and human rights among other causes. Despite graduating from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD degree in 1994, Mr. Lefkofsky’s entrepreneurial endeavors have primarily focused on technology startups such as Tempus, which he cofounded in 2015 and currently serves as the chief executive officer. He also cofounded Uptake in 2014, which is a predictive analytics company with a global client base.

In 2007, Mr. Lefkofsky cofounded the commerce conglomerate, Groupon. He currently serves as the chairman of the company after holding the chief executive officer for several years. He has divested in other areas including all investment banking with two companies: Lightbank and MediaBank, which he cofounded in 2011 and 2006, respectively. In 2001, he made his first forays into entrepreneurship with the founding of a branding company, InnerWorkings before founding Echo Global Logistics three years later.