Like most highly successful people Eric Lefkofsky cannot be defined by only one title. Eric Lefkofsky the entrepreneur entered the business world after receiving a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He and a friend purchased a clothing company in Wisconsin. Since then Eric has co-founded the print procurement service InnerWorkings. In 2005 Eric Lefkofsky and his business partner established a freight logistics company. In the following two years, Eric and his partner would co-found Echo Global Logistics and the media planning and procurement platform Media Bank (now Mediaocean).
This is only a partial list of the enterprises Eric helped establish. As a philanthropist, Eric and wife Liz established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation to “…enhance lives in the communities served.” Eric sits on the board of trustees of Lurie Children’s Hospital. Eric Lefkofsky patron of the arts chairs the board of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre and serves on the board of the Art Institue of Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky the educator is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. In 2016 the Health Data Company Tempus was co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky.
Tempus gathers molecular and clinical data on cancer patients and their course of treatment. The outcome of treatment is tracked and made available to oncologists enabling them to create a data-based treatment plan for their patients. The data from 25% of people undergoing cancer treatment is gathered by Tempus. Eric Lefkofsky explained that what sets Tempus apart from companies doing the same work is that the other companies only address part of the equation. One sequencing service might focus solely on imaging data while another might concentrate on pathological data. Tempus collects all four of the types of data associated with cancer treatment. Eric reports that 75% of cancer treatment clinics and 250 hospitals use Tempus’ services.