GM Eric Lefkofsky: Using Analytics to Fight Cancer

The term analytics is certainly one that has permeated and penetrated main stream sports. Basically, analytics is the use of large scale statistics specifically to decide what is the best option for your particular use. One can readily see how such information would be important for any general manager attempting to assemble the perfect baseball team, or deciding which player is the missing piece towards a successful playoff run.

Eric Lefkofsky is the founder and CEO of Chicago-based tech labs Tempus. Tempus has been mining and categorizing the countless records of cancer patients, in the hopes to personalize and optimize the care given today to those suffering from this disease. Essentially, Lefkofsky and Tempus have flipped the script, and have made the entire team about any one given patient. By utilizing the concise data and genetic tendency of that patient, to formulate a better informed medical team equipped with the knowledge of cases and results of cancer patients that came before, to best fight that cancer today.

It should come as no surprise that Lefkofsky has taken on such an endeavor. Lefkofsky is an avid philanthropist, that along with his wife, has founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation which specializes in the funding for the advancement of human rights, healthcare and medicine, education, arts, and culture. As the co-founder of Groupon and other ventures, Lefkofsky holds a number of posts as trustee or board member at high profile institutions of medicine, culture, education, arts and theater.

Today, Eric Lefkofsky can be heard through his social media platform extolling the simplicity of singularity. Whether it be a link to an article for the relevance of a single driver gene, to the odds of finding a message in a bottle, Lefkofsky reminds us that perceived insignificance is a matter of perspective.

The clout of his success would have been enough for any general manager to rest upon, but rather Lefkofsky has taken that “venturistic” spirit to devote to the betterment of a higher community standard, one that is personalized and data driven to increase the probability of a successful outcome.

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