Eric Lefkofsky Creates Tempus to Establish Data-Driven Cancer Treatment

Jim Dalke wrote an article for ChicagoInno titled ““Eric Lefkofsky’s Self-Funded Mission to Cure Cancer Through Data”. Dalke reveals the recent shift of the Groupon co-founder to a company that will change the medical industry.

According to the article, Lefkofsky was actually not interested in starting another company at this point in his career. However, life intervened when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. As he took her to see different doctors and specialists, he realized that the process was incredibly confusing on the patient’s side. There simply wasn’t enough qualitative data or information to make accurate or informed decisions for treatment and read full aritcle.

That’s when Lefkofsky decided a change was necessary, so he started Tempus. He co-founded the company with his long-time business partner, Brad Kewell. The company seeks to shift the medical industry by creating data-driven cancer treatments. By creating an operating system with machine learning and a library of molecular data, doctors will be able to use the information of previous patients to help provide a more accurate treatment plan for their current patients with similar molecular composition. By looking into the tumors and perceiving the possible mutations, doctors can create a treatment plan that is personalized for each person.

Lefkosky hopes that Tempus will become his greatest work, creating a paradigm shift in the medical industry. He finds it strange that such advanced technology is given to more mundane activities when the doctors are making decisions that affect the lives of so many patients. By pairing the clinical data available in the library with the patient’s molecular information, Tempus will allow the doctors to create a more precise treatment plan in the hopes of creating more effective solutions.

Eric Lefkofsky has always sought to change the world. In 2006, he created a charity with his wife that supports international education, science, and charitable causes. He also joined The Giving Pledge that inspires the wealthy to leave the majority of their net worth to altruistic causes and learn more about Eric.

Mr. Lefkofsky has also been a serial entrepreneur. Most notably, he co-founded Groupon which offers people incredible deals and discounts. Yet, he has also created companies like Lightbank, MediaBank, and Uptake and Eric’s lacrosse camp.

Arthur Becker and the New York Real Estate Scene

Arthur Becker is a real estate mogul who brings a varied background to his work. For 20 years he was married to fashion designer Vera Wang, and though they are separated now, there’s no doubt that they shared a lively interest in the arts. This interest infuses Becker’s work in many ways, making him an engaging presence that sees opportunities others might miss.

His work as a real estate investor began after he saw promise in some early startup companies in Silicon Valley, back in the early 2000s. The success of those investments leads him to his work in the New York real estate world.

Becker’s most recent project is the 8-unit luxury condo building at 564 Washington Street. This is the first project he’s been involved in from “the ground up,” as his prior projects saw him acting as a silent investment partner. The Washington Street building is now valued at $52.5 million. Not bad for an investor who’s an artist at heart.

Before he started the Washington Street project, Arthur Becker acted as an investor with his partners Michael Stern and Robert Gladstone. Their project was called 10 Sullivan Street, and its success lead to a great transaction for Becker. His partners bought out his share by trading him three adjacent properties. Becker is planning to sell two of those buildings and make the other his residence. Not a bad deal, at all.

According to The Real Deal, the 10 Sullivan Street deal came about after he partnered with Michael Stern and Kevin Maloney. They were investing in the luxurious Billionaire’s Row condo at 111 W. 57th Street. The great timing and success of that venture are what lead Becker on to Sullivan Street.

When not making real estate deals, Becker enjoys collecting art and also working in his art studio. He realizes he’s had good timing as part of his success as an investor, but he obviously has a sense of what works and what is coming in the market. Everyone is looking forward to where his sense of timing will lead him next.

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