Sometimes success can be measured in more ways than in dollar amounts. Serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkovsky experienced wild success as the CEO of the ever popular website, Groupon, with the company being worth over $1 billion only 16 months after it began. After also introducing Lightbank, an investment organization that provides guidance and funding for groundbreaking technology companies, he realized that monetary success did not have to be his only goal in life. Blessed with more wealth than he could ever need in a lifetime, Lefkovsky used his knowledge for the greater good of humanity.
After a loved one of Lefkovsky’s went through the grueling experience of cancer treatment, Lefkovsky realized just how many gaps there are in our healthcare system when it comes to treating patients. He soon discovered that even the most esteemed treatment centers were not sharing their patients’ data. Treatment options therefore were more generalized based on patients’ type of cancer rather than individual circumstance. Eric Lefkovsky created Tempus Labs in response, which aimed to gather an enormous database of information regarding different types of tumors and cancers and comparing them with patients’ individual DNA. Tempus gives physicians the tools to analyze and edit each individual patient’s data and treatment plan. Tempus has recently partnered up with CancerLinQ, a non-profit heath information platform.
Eric and Liz Lefkovsky also founded the Lefkovsky Family Foundation, which supports many other organizations that do work to better their communities. This foundation donated over $1 million to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University in Chicago to help further research of oncology treatments. The Lefkovsky family foundation also provided a grant that would give free admission to all youth who visit Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The lefkovskys are among the group of the world’s billionaires who have made the pledge through the Bill Gates/Warren Buffet initiative to share at least half of their wealth with other people in need and important causes around the world. They believe that this is their greatest lifetime accomplishment.
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