Eric Lefkofsky is well known for his efforts in the field of disruptive technology and now he is taking on cancer care through his new venture Tempus. His venture fund Lightbank specializes in funding disruptive technology companies like Tempus. He has watched big data transform many industries and believes that healthcare needs to implement the technology to better treat their patients.
Tempus was inspired after Eric Lefkofsky watched a loved one struggle through a cancer diagnosis. He was interested in how their treatment worked and how they determined what would be best for their particular case. He noted that data was not being implemented in an effective way and much of it was lost in the process. There needed to be a solution and instead of waiting for someone else to find it he took the initiative.
While there isn’t a typical day for Eric Lefkofsky, he is almost always busy. He starts his day early as one of the first in his office in order to get things done with minimal distractions. Most of his day is taken up by interacting with others as he is responsible for managing many problems and people. Building a company is a time-consuming process that involves going to a lot of meetings and completing a lot of tasks. While he is always busy, it can sometimes be difficult to be as productive as he’d like which is why he has learned to manage his time so well. On Fridays, he has begun working from home and he’s found that it’s the most productive day of his week.
Eric Lefkofsky is excited about the trends taking place in the field of biotech. He has seen a lot of disruptive technology such as the internet and microprocessor during his lifetime but he believes that biotech has the potential to change the world more than anything that has come before it. There are diseases that have been around for generations that are finally able to be treated thank to biotechnology. Finally, we can look directly inside the body of the patient and figure out what needs to be done to help them.