For the first time in history we have the opportunity to use technology and data as a means to combat cancer. First off, the genetic sequencing, including sequencing the full genome of different cancer patients, is possible. Secondly, more and more information is coming to light about how to use our on built-in immune system against cancer. While we are not sure why immunotherapy works well for only some people with cancer, there is, currently, an effort to figure this question out. To do this, it will take all of the technology we have today along with clinical data gathered by physicians. There is no other fight that is bigger in our day and age, and it is time to solve the mystery of cancer with the tools we have now at our command.
Eric Lefkofksy is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tempus, which is a tech company that is creating an operating system to help physicians better deal with cancer. He is also the Chairman and co-founder of Groupon and a spread of other very successful businesses. One of these other businesses is named Lightbank, which is an investment company that focuses its energies on disruptive technology startups. Lefkofksy says that he brings ideas to life by focusing on discovering solutions. Instead of just coming up with a random idea for a business, he actively seeks problems to figure out and then builds companies that offer the solutions on an ongoing basis. This approach has led to the successful creation of six companies.
Eric Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz, together, created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which is in existence to support initiatives that are very impactful in the lives of people. Their foundation supports human rights initiatives and programs, the arts and culture, the medical community, and educational initiatives and organizations. He is also a Trustee for The Museum of Science and Industry, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a Chairman of the Board for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. As an author, Lefkofsky has published the title “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation,” which gives a road-map for disrupting any industry.