The world is faced with enormous challenges including diseases, poverty, provision of essential facilities and services and environmental degradation. Tackling these challenges require significant financial outlay to finance research on evidence-based, viable solutions, their implementation and assessment. Many governments and institutions are stretched in terms of financial capabilities and the sheer magnitude of these challenges. Historically, successful tackling of these challenges have been aided in part by philanthropists who have donated funds, technological knowhow and personnel. One such philanthropist who has significantly contributed to the betterment human life is Eric Lefkofsky; a Chicago-based serial entrepreneur who has actively supported genomics technology-based cancer treatment in addition to other charitable activities within his Chicago community.
Eric Lefkofsky’s Inroads in Cancer Treatment
Technological development has revolutionized cancer treatment. Personalized treatment based on patient’s gene sequencing and development of anticancer drugs specific to a patient’s genes is increasing gaining traction in the medical field. Tempus, co-founded by Lefkofsky in 2016, is one of the leading companies actively involved in this novel cancer treatment and care approach. Through genomic sequencing of the cancer cells from the patients and using data analytics algorithm technology, the company is offers physicians a deeper insight on molecular and cellular biology of the tumors for each patient. Such success in cutting-edge gene sequencing for cancer treatment is a product of collaborative operation with like-minded organizations such as Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Tempus also employs highly-qualified individuals in the field including its current president, Kevin White, a leading geneticist. In addition to co-founding Tempus, a startup focusing on using technology to modernize cancer treatment, Lefkofsky has supported cancer research through personal donations. He also co-founded Lefkofsky Family Foundation together with his wife. One of the focus areas of the charity is cancer treatment.
Bettering the Local Community and Education Background
Eric Lefkofsky holds a Jurist Doctor degree from University of Michigan’s Law School upon graduation in 1993. Born in Michigan, he moved to Chicago where is has actively engaged in activities aimed at bettering the local communities. He is serving on several boards of various organizations within Chicago including museum, a memorial hospital and an art institute. He is also serving as a trustee for performing arts organization, Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He has taken teaching roles within the local learning institutions. Eric Lefkofsky’s forays in charitable activities are reflective of his entrepreneurial ventures: he has a multifaceted approach to community development and entrepreneurial success.
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