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.
Holiday shopping can be a pretty scary experience. However, researchers have confirmed that braving the stores is worthwhile. New studies show that there are benefits to giving for both the givers and receivers. The advantages include enhanced happiness and health and the strengthening of the community.
Dr. Jorge Moll has been researching the science of giving and morality and continues his work with other trusted scientists who have explored the benefits of giving to charitable organizations (http://www.diasdacruz.org.br/tag/dr-jorge-moll-neto/). Moll’s Ph.D. dissertation on moral judgment and sensitivity has also been referred to in the ongoing exploration the brain’s tendency to function better when doing good deeds.
Moll and other psychological professionals also assert that shopping or spending money is not the only way to get the benefits of giving. Researchers have also found that volunteering time to help those who are less fortunate can improve the volunteer’s health as well. Here are more of the ways that giving is good for the community’s health.
Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton conducted a study with his colleagues in 2008 that further proves that giving actually makes us happy. People who gave money to others found that they felt better than they would have if they had kept the money to spend on themselves. This even applied to participants who predicted that they would be happy if they kept the money. The University of California Riverside psychology professor and happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky also saw these same types of results when she asked participants to perform five kind acts a week for six weeks.
There is also proof that good feelings or biological. In a study conducted in 2006, Moll and his fellow professionals at the National Institutes of Health discovered that when people donate to charities, the section of the brain that is activated by social connection, trust or pleasure is activated. Endorphins are also induced in the brain, and this is commonly referred to as the “helper’s high.”
Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that giving can also be good for our physical health. Lots of research has been connected to various forms of generosity for improved health, even with people who are elderly or ill. Author Stephen Post, who wrote the book Why Good Things Happen to Good People, says that giving has improved the health of people who are suffering from chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis and HIV. This suggests that giving to others on a consistent basis can improve the condition of the body and mind.