Eric Lefkofsky Hopes Tempus Helps Find a Cure

A cure for cancer could be in patients’ DNA, at least that’s what Eric Lefkofsky believes. Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus after he saw the problems in how his wife’s patient information was stored and accessed after she received a diagnosis of breast cancer. He also wondered why certain information wasn’t more commonly used as part of a patient’s overall health profile.

Tempus essentially would act as an operating system for cancer treatment and eventually maybe patient care in general by making patient care data-driven. In addition to making information that has already been collected properly analyzed and translated into structured data from fields that are many times hand written, Tempus seeks to make having ones entire genetic sequence as a traditional part of a patient’s health history. Having this information readily available could not only make it easier for doctors to identify treatments that are the most suitable for a patient’s particular chemical makeup, but it could also help identify diseases before they happen by identifying problems a patient is genetically at risk for.

Eric Lefkofsky not only hopes his company will help find a cure, but his altruistic efforts also show where his passion lies. Lefkofsky and his wife have donated millions to cancer related causes specifically in addition to many others. As members of the giving pledge, the Lefkofsky’s have pledged to give over half of their earnings to charitable causes within their lives.

A graduate with a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, Eric Lefkofsky teaches at the University of Chicago as an adjunct professor. With an interest in advancing the lives of the children in the Chicago area, the Lefkofsky Foundation focuses on human rights, education, arts, and medical research. It was established in 2006 Eric and his wife.

Eric Lefkofsky cofounded groupon and stepped down from CEO to Chairman to better facilitate Tempus. He also co-founded Uptake and Lightbank as well as founding the companies MediaBank and Echo Global Logistics. Lightbank invests in disruptive technology startups, many of which are located in and around the Chicago area.

Ignition Financial: Auto Loan Refinancing Pioneers

In the current economic climate, fortunes can change quickly. Job loss is the worst case scenario, but many have seen their incomes go down as recession has affected a number of sectors in the economy. As a result of these changes, some consumers find themselves struggling to afford their car payments. Thankfully, though, one option available to people facing this problem is auto loan refinancing.

 

Most people don’t know that refinancing their auto loan is a possibility. However, even if you can easily afford your monthly payment, refinancing might be a good idea. One reason that car loan refinancing hasn’t caught on is that most people are unaware of what goes on in the background at the dealership when they go in for a new car. Lenders compete with each other for dealer business and one way they do that is by offering a dealer mark-up. A dealer-mark up is an arrangement wherein the dealership is entitled to part of the interest from the loan. This incentive can increase your financing rate by 2-4 percentage points.

 

Another benefit is that refinancing allows you to shop around for the lowest rate possible since you are not forced to limit yourself to the choices the dealer chooses to give you. Actually, no matter what your payment is, why pay more than you have to?

 

If you ever tell yourself, “I just want to slash my payments,” then contacting a professional might be the next step. Founded in 2015, Ignition Financial is an Austin-based company specializing in getting consumers out of unfair, inflated payments and into loans where they pay the correct rate based on their credit history. As a refinance loan provider, they can help you find a loan with a better interest rate and lower payment, as well as finance your taxes and fees with your loan. The company also has a dedicated title department which is there to help. It’s really quite simple. If you want to pay less, you owe to yourself to consider auto loan refinancing.

 

Soros: Russian Aggression In Ukraine Must Be Deterred, But Sanctions A Mixed Bag

George Soros, the billionaire currency trader, has been heavily involved in Ukraine for a number of years through the work of his Ukrainian-based Renaissance Foundation. In 2014, when chaos hit the country beginning with protests in Maidan Square that eventually toppled the government, Soros was uniquely positioned to comment on the course of events in Ukraine.

As Soros has written, the February 2014 Maidan protests arose from a restive population that wanted Ukraine to orient itself to a modern, democratic vision connected to Europe. The immediate impetus for the crisis was Russian efforts that “outmaneuvered” the European Union over a proposed EU association agreement with Ukraine.

In the immediate aftermath, George Soros urged European leaders and especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel and to quickly come to the aid of Ukraine. However, he also begged Merkel to work to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin to the table as a constructive partner for the future of Ukraine.

In March 2014, however, Putin annexed the Crimea. Soros and most of the world viewed this annexation as a flagrant violation of international norms and of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Read more:
George Soros – Project Syndicate

George Soros – Business Leader, Philanthropist

Instead, Soros began to focus on steps the West could take to shore up the Ukrainian economy and prevent Russian action from destabilizing the political and business structure of the “new Ukraine.” He strongly supported debt relief for the embattled Ukrainian government and repeatedly urged the global community, especially the member states of the European Union, to contribute generously to Ukraine. For instance, at a time when the International Monetary fund recommended a $15 billion rescue package for Ukraine, Soros publicly advocated for a $50 billion effort.

These efforts faltered, although international official lenders provided Ukraine with just enough assistance to stave off a crisis. While financial assistance was hard to cobble together, the international community did unite to impose sanctions on Russia as retribution for Putin’s annexation of Crimea and activity to destabilize the Donbas region of Ukraine.

George Soros expressed decidedly mixed feelings about these efforts. In a January 2015 New York Times op-ed co-written with French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, Soros argued that “Ukraine would defend itself militarily, but it urgently needs financial assistance.” He argued that European sanctions were causing Putin to become more popular with the Russian people Ñ because they allowed him to portray Russia’s economic woes as the byproduct of Western aggression and that they were doing little to deter him from continuing to destabilize Ukraine.

In fact, Soros feared that the sanctions would bite Russia so hard they could cause default. And even if default was averted, Soros believed the sanctions were hurting the countries that imposed them at least as much as Russia.

In short, Soros’ view on sanctions against Russia is best summed up simply: a necessary evil, not a desirable policy option.

Learn more about George Soros:
http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros