Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Groupon, among other ventures. Perhaps his most enduring contribution to the world is his efforts as co-founder and CEO of Tempus, a big data start-up dedicated to using cutting edge technology to fight cancer.
If that seems like a tall order, it is. But, that is nothing new to the serial entrepreneur who took a relatively obscure e-commerce site and turned it into one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms. The idea is simple. Compile a massive genomic database that doctors can use to cross-reference and develop individualized cancer therapies. Hospitals, he discovered, weren’t able to take full advantage of technology designing initiatives to fight cancer. As a result, their ability to sequence patients and compare the data was limited. It needed to be scaled up.
So, Lefkofsky did what he has always done when he sees a gap in the market. He found a way to fill it. While Tempus isn’t the first company of it’s kind, it is unique in that it presents an end-to-end solution to the problem of genomic mapping and cancer. Doctors and researchers are provided with testing facilities, access to databases, and a quick and easy way to cross-reference the information.
Eric Lefkofsky stepped down from his post as CEO of Groupon in order to devote his time to Tempus. The extent of Lefkofsky’s involvement in the day to day operations of the company is unclear, as is the exact amount of his initial investment. It has been reported that he was prepared to invest up to $100 million. He is currently listed as the company’s CEO. Like all of Lefkofsky’s ventures, Tempus rely’s heavily on the big data component, channeling it into a force for good.
In an interview with Chicago business, Lefkofsky said that after establishing five successful companies, choosing to start Tempus was “very personal”. Perhaps this move isn’t a surprise to those who are familiar with the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable trust he and his wife established in 2006. It’s stated mission, “to advance high-impact programs, initiatives and research that enhance the quality of human life”, has helped to fund more than 50 organizations to date. It focuses on using technology, education, and science to improve the lives of people in the communities it serves.
Will Tempus revolutionize the way we treat cancer? That is hard to tell, but if anybody knows how to make big data work for humanity, it’s Eric Lefkofsky.
Dr. Richard A. Shinto, commonly referred to as “Rick,” is currently InnovaCare Health’s President and CEO (Chief Executive Officer). Rick is also the Chief Executive Officer at PMC Medicare Choice, Inc., and MMM Healthcare, Inc. He has more than 20 years’ expertise in operational and clinical health and managed care. Dr. Richard has also worked as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Aveta Inc. and served on its management team from 2000-2008. He has also served as the Chief Medical Officer of NAMM California.
Dr. Shinto was the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Medical Pathways Management Company. He also served as the Corporate V.P. (Medical Management) for MedPartners as of 1996-1997. Later on, he served as the Chief Medical Officer Cal Optima Health Plan in Orange County, California. Dr. Shinto started his medical practice as a pulmonologist as well as an internist in South California.
Dr. Rick Shinto has made a positive impact in advancing availability and access to healthcare to the underserved. His efforts wouldn’t go unrewarded; thus, he was awarded the Caring Award at Western University of Health Sciences. He has been in the lead in efforts to bring the concept of medical provider networks to Puerto Rico. In 2012, Dr. Shinto was awarded Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award due to his demonstration of excellence and success in areas such as financial performance, innovativeness as well as personal commitment to businesses and communities. Read more about Rick on Smart Brief.
Penelope Kokkinides serves as the (CAO) Chief Administrative Officer and (COO) Chief Operating Officer at InnovaCare Health Solutions since August 2016. She has worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Aveta Inc. from September 2006 till 2012. At Touchstone Health HMO, Inc., she served as the Chief Operating Officer. Through specializing in government programs and managed care industry, she has gained over 15 years of experience.
InnovaCare Health Solutions
InnovaCare Health Solutions, LLC, offers managed health care services. The company offers physician practice services and Medicare plans and is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey. It is led by Dr. Rick Shinto and operates within the health, wellness, and fitness industry.
InnovaCare Health Solutions is devoted to offering quality healthcare by creating models that are cost-effective, sustainable, and fully integrated with highly developed technology. It has ensured that all its patients remain a primary concern. Due to varying healthcare settings, the company struggles to harmonize innovative and quality care to patients across North America.
Before their graduation, three students from Georgetown sat down and wondered what they were going to do after school. Nathaniel Ru, Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman did not know that after eight years, they would be the owners of a very successful startup in the United States. Sweetgreen is the name of the startup, and it is based in Washington.
When it was started eight years ago, Sweetgreen had one shop that was located in Georgetown. During this time, the startup was funded by just forty relatives and friends. Eight years later, the startup has grown, and it has over thirty branches in the country. By the end of the year, the institution plans to have acquired over forty shops. Sweetgreen has managed to successfully complete three rounds of venture funding that amounts to ninety five million dollars.
Just recently, the co CEO of the institution was invited for an interview. According to Nicholas Jammet, the three partners came up with the idea because they were all born by entrepreneur parents. All their parents were in the restaurant businesses, but none of the young people wanted to choose that life. The three students wanted something different that would sustain them and at the same time offer the clients better food options.
The young students were able to succeed because they were different from the rest. They were much disciplined in whatever they did. They come up with the salad ideal. All of them sat down and drew a business plan, and that’s where they got their direction to sell their dream and make money.
The employee structure in Sweetgreen is considered to be extremely hip and paternal. The three partners call the workers coaches and team members. Although the company has grown significantly over the years, the employees have remained a respected lot. If any of the workers decides to leave the company, the founding partners are always concerned.
If the workers are not getting the growth they should have, the three founding partners are always there to understand and help. This explains the close relationship that exists between the workers and the founding partners.
Nathaniel Ru is the founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of Sweetgreen. For eight years, he has partnered with his young friends to start the successful venture that has transformed the lives of many people. under the leadership of Nathaniel Ru, the startup has grown significantly in the past eight years.
Children in diverse parts of the world suffer mouth deformities. Unless an institution takes over to render help some children in rural areas many children live with these deformities for life. Operation smile has been providing medical aid to unprivileged children since its inception in 1982. The organization does not have a solid source of financing and largely relies on aid from well wishers. Over 220,000 children have benefited from free surgical treatments advanced by the organization.
It was noble for Avi Weisfogel to start a fund raising initiative to support free surgical correction. He deposited $ 2000 to a fund raising campaign in which he is running. He stated that this was only the beginning. Every child has an inherent right to be ordinary and grow a healthy normal life like other children throughout the world. It would be unfortunate for a child to suffer permanently for a condition that can be easily corrected through a normal surgery. Avi Weisofogel is running his fund raising program through GoFundMe which is a crowd based fund raising platform. Being a dental professional he has come across the defect and he is too well aware that it can be corrected. Every year thousands of children are born with the deformity it is Avi Weisfogel hope and desire to help where he can and change their lives for the better.
Avi Weisfogel is a decorated dental practioner who achieved recognition in his town for his dedication and diligence. He does not take his profession lightly, seeking new ways and methods to perfect his trade. The dental profession is a very fragile profession that is wanting and demands utmost care so as to avoid injuring the patient; he took it to himself to educate other dentists to counter sleep disorders.
Doctors are supposed to have an inclination of helping others. Avi Weisfogel has reinforced this belief severally helping those in need. He is also a hardworking entrepreneur who started his own clinic in 2013. Through research and keen observations he has come with ingenious ways to cure, prevent and counter various sleep disorders.