American entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky has built a fortune of $2.5 billion by co-founding very successful technology firms. This places him at #328 on the richest people in the nation according to the Forbes 400 List. A large part of how he garnered this amount of money is by co-founding the daily deals online website Groupon and serving as its chief executive officer for a number of years.He’s now created a firm in Chicago to help doctors fight cancer. This is Tempus Inc. which was founded in 2015. In just those three short years this company is now worth over a billion and so is one of the “unicorn” startups.
Eric Lefkofsky became frustrated with the state of healthcare in America when it came to dealing with cancer. He saw that the healthcare industry was far behind when it came to technology which made no sense at all to him.Tempus now employs over 400 people and, after a recent successful funding round that generated an additional $110 million in venture funds, Eric Lefkofsky and his expert team plan to increase that number. Now that his company is successfully tackling cancer he is looking to expand into other diseases like cardiovascular and diabetes.
These diseases, too, could use a good dose of technology to improve patient outcomes.Eric Lefkofsky built a company that developed an online platform to collect, structure, and then analyze clinical data such as electronic medical records. These have never been organized in a way that could be used to help other patients using big data. His own company also sequences patient DNA which doctors can use to figure out how their patient may respond better to one therapy than another one under consideration.
Iowa State University was the site of the educational event for swine producers known as Swine Day. A crowd of more than 400 poured into the college’s Scheman building to take advantage of the opportunity to receive instruction from a variety of prominent speakers in the industry. One speaker that made a great impression on attendees was David McDonald of OSI Group who spoke regarding the future of the global food industry. Mr. McDonald is also a member of the North American Meat Institute’s board of directors and has a unique perspective on the various factors that influence the world’s consumption of meat.
David McDonald experienced a life as a child that was a study of the supply chain side of food processing while growing up on his family’s farm in Northeast Iowa. Once finished with high school, McDonald attending Iowa State University where he completed the requirements to attain a bachelor’s degree in animal science. His stellar performance while a senior at the college earned McDonald the Outstanding Senior Award named in honor of Wallace E. Barron.David McDonald is the president and chief operating officer of OSI Group, a company that in many ways has set the standard for success for privately held companies in the United States. He has been directly credit with a number of significant moves made by the company.
David McDonald played an instrumental role in the expansion of OSI Group into the country of China and was an integral part of the process that led to the company’s acquisition of Baho Foods. He has proven to possess a particular expertise in the logistics of food production and understands the inner workings of government agencies, dealings with local suppliers, and doing retail business in a number of international jurisdictions.McDonald explains that the team at OSI Group has always possessed a tremendous appetite for growth. and this was evident to him from the time he joined the company 30 years ago. He says that the company’s desire for constant growth and improvement is a core component of the company culture. He also explains that the OSI team from the beginning has always held the idea to one day become truly global as a main company goal.