The Man With The Midas Touch

Eric Lefkofsky is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. Currently, he owns a $7 billion dollar fortune thanks to the smart investments and accurate anticipations that have defined his career. Whatever Lefkofsky touches seems to turn into gold. Now, he has his sights set on fighting a much bigger foe than he has ever fought in the past. Lefkofsky wants to take on cancer and finally take down the disease once and for all. It’s a loft goal but Lefkofsky has a history of beating the odds

 

 

Taking On Cancer

His latest tech startup, Tempus, ha sits eyes set on changing the way doctors fight cancer. Today, doctors fight cancer using broad strokes and methods with a “one size fits all” approach. Tempus shakes things up by offering something more personalized cancer therapy solutions designed for each patient specifically. One patient might handle immunotherapy better than another and there treatments are specifically tailored to address that. The patient who can’t handle that therapy too well will receive an alternative designed for their specific genome sequence.

 

 

The Future Of Medicine

The work done at Tempus is essentially creating the future of medicine. Personalized care was once thought of as a sort of fantasy with no real bearing on reality. Today, we can clearly see examples of it around us with Tempus providing only the more recent one. Currently, personalized medicine is largely confined to genomic sequencing and trying to predict the possible results of different forms of treatment based upon that. In the future we’ll see much more available. The first seeds are already in the ground and it’s only a matter of time before saplings emerge.

 

 

About Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Since his graduation he has spent his career investing in or co-founding some of the most important startups there are. He has worked on everything from Lightbank to Groupon. Beyond his work as an entrepreneur he is also a philanthropist who uses his wealth to better the world for others. forbes.com/profile/eric-lefkofsky

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