Eric Paul Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur with extensive experience in entrepreneurship. His first business venture can be traced back to the University of Michigan where he started a carpet selling business. After law school, Eric teamed up with a college friend to start an apparel company with money borrowed from relatives. That venture bore him the motivation to found and co-found a series of businesses over the years such as Lighbank and Uptake Technologies.
Lefkofsky has written on how artificial intelligence will help the society move forward especially in healthcare and molecular data. In 2016, co-founded Tempus, a health-tech company that enables physicians to deliver top of the art personalized cancer care to its patients. Tempus is a technological company hoping to assist physicians best perform their duties by building the world’s largest molecular and clinical data library. It provides services such as genomic sequencing and the analyzation of molecular and therapeutic data for real-time decisions from the physicians. The organization uses cutting-edge technology to help doctors best understand a tumor thus providing the best medical recommendations.
The Lefkofsky Family Foundation was founded in 2006 by Eric and his wife Liz and is a platform from which they give back to the community. Liz and Eric Lefkofsky advocate for the upholding of fundamental human rights by fostering human dignity. With the backing of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, the pair works strive to enhance the quality life of individuals in the community by propelling innovative medical research and expanding cultural initiatives. The foundation works in support of strengthening public schools since every child should have access to quality education.
As a family, they have donated millions towards cancer research being that there is a history of cancer in the family, the couple wants to elevate the impact of cancer in the community. They have given millions of dollars to institutions such as the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and the cancer research department of the University of Michigan. The Lefkofsky’s are quite the philanthropists and are members of The Giving Pledge promising at least half their lifetime wealth towards a philanthropic course.