Month: March 2017

Erick Lefkofsky Technological Contribution in Battling Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is a condition affecting many individuals worldwide. It cuts across regions, wealth status and medical advancement levels. Various treatments and interventions have been devised to fight the scourge. Unfortunately, no single method or entity has come up with specific treatment guideline. This gloomy scenario has resulted in more suffering and unnecessary fatalities. As of now, the medical fraternity cannot assure patients of complete breast cancer healing. But behind the scenes, Tempus, the cancer-fighting startup from Groupon founder Erick Lefkofsky is working hard to change this situation.

The drawbacks in treating breast cancer arise from the numerous presentations, mutations and personal backgrounds. To tackle the breast cancer menace, Tempus has come up with a strategy to capture data from patients in all health facilities dealing with cancer. In partnership with the University of Chicago, Tempus will analyze data from over 1,000 cancer patients. This statistics will assist doctors in creating personalized treatment for each patient.Diagnosis of Breast Cancer requires a paradigm that involves targeted therapeutics that exploits the immunological and molecular state of the tumor. Tempus primary focus is to collect and disseminate an acceptable model that doctors can use to match each patient’s molecular profile to their treatment.

To realize this noble idea, the Precision Promise trial, organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) has tapped Tempus to use its disruptive technology in production and analysis of genomic and clinical data. By utilizing Tempus tools, thousands of breast cancer patients’ data will be collected and stored for clinical referencing. Physicians will use this technology in determining the molecular constitution of patient’s cells and focusing therapy on the genomic profile. This targeted treatment is expected to bring positive results to breast cancer patients.

Erick Lefkofsky is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus company. This technological company has created an operating system for collecting and preserving data from cancer patients. He graduated from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Also, he is the co-founder and chairman of Groupon and Uptake technologies.Mr. Lefkofsky together with his wife Liz has established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The charitable organization is improving the welfare of people in targeted communities.

Bounty and Viva Paper Towels


Bounty paper towels are a great brand! According to customers they are very absorbent and are better than almost any other brand. They are 2 times more absorbent so the roll can last 50% longer and you get more life per roll. My family uses bounty paper towels and they are amazing! I really enjoy how they have the half sheets instead of the full sheets.


Viva are the best paper towel brand because they are very light weight and feel more like a cloth than paper towels but that is a good thing! Customers gave these paper towels really great reviews. They have said that they are very soft, durable, and absorbent. You can even wring it out and use it again! How great is that? This paper towel is great for counter spills, or smaller spills.


The Up and Up brand paper towels are also absorbent like the other brands. “If you get them at Target, you could grab some coupons and use the Cartwheel app to save some money!” There is also a very great strength, softness, value, and quality. I have personally never used these but there are so many great reviews!

Evolution Of Smooth Real Story

Many women start their beauty routine with a swipe of lip balm across their lips. The fact is that the lip balm industry is really booming, thanks to companies like EOS. EOS or the Evolution Of Smooth is the name of the company that is manufacturing the second best selling lip balm in America. This is truly an outstanding feat for a small startup that has been around for only a few years. Today, the EOS round orbs of lip balm are everywhere. They are displayed in retail shops, beauty supply stores, even local supermarkets and online on Amazon. What’s their secret to such great success? Read on for more information.

A Unique Business Strategy

Today, EOS lip balm is a major player in the lip balm industry. In fact, one research group states that they are single-handedly responsible for the major growth in the lip balm industry. In a recent interview, the founders of EOS revealed more about their very unique business strategy that paved the way to the company’s success. The founder reveals that their main focus was on creating products that people desired and distributing them to targeted customers. They believed strongly that changes were due in the lip balm market. They decided to target women, who were the major purchasers of lip balm products. They designed their lip balms to appeal to this targeted groups senses with appealing looking, smelling, flavorful, and touchable products. Other lip balm companies were simply marketing the product like a generic brand appealing to both sexes.

More About EOS

EOS or the Evolution of Smooth has been producing and creating imaginative skin care products for the consumer market since 2006. They were the little company that broke through the monopoly held on the lip balm market by companies like Blistex, Chapstick, and Burt’s Bees. Today, EOS lip balm is the second best selling lip balm in America.


InnovaCare Health Revamps its Top Leadership Team to Include Penelope Kokkinides

InnovaCare Health, a leader in the provision of Medicare Advantage and Medicaid in Puerto Rico, recently made three additions to its leadership team. The President and CEO of the company, Rick Shinto, M.D. made the announcements.

Jonathan Meyers will serve as the company’s Chief Actuary Officer. Before joining InnovaCare, he was the Director of Actuarial Services at Horizon BCBS. Before that, he was working at HealthCare Partners in New York as the Chief Actuary Officer. Jonathan has also provided consultancy services on Employee Benefits to Unions and Employers such as AXA Financial, Johnson & Johnson, and International Paper. His role involved offering strategic advice and insight to the senior executives on issues related to healthcare benefits for retirees and employees.

Penelope Kokkinides will take up the role of Chief Administrative Officer. She has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare sector. Her specialty is in government programs and the managed care sector. Kokkinides has a lot of experience and knowledge in the development of clinical programs. She has served in numerous executive roles throughout her career including as VP and COO for Centerlight HealthCare. Her role involved the provision of strategic direction and overall management of the managed care division. She has also worked as a COO of Touchstone and the Corporate VP at AmeriChoice. During her time there, she played a crucial role in helping the company implement several key programs. Learn more about Penelope on Bizjournals.

The third addition to the company’s top leadership is Mike Sortino. He will be the Chief Accounting Officer at InnovaCare. Previously, he held the position of Controller at Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance Co. Ltd (US). He had served as the COO at HCC Specialty before that. Mike has over five years of experience in public accounting and over two decades of experience in the reinsurance and insurance sectors.

About InnovaCare

InnovaCare Health runs PMC Medicare Choice and MMM Healthcare, which are Medicare Advantage plans on the island of Puerto Rico. They have a membership base of about 200,000 individuals who are served by 7,500 network providers. Besides that, it runs two Medicaid plans with the framework of the Government Health Plan of the island.

It is the only company in Puerto Rico, which offers NCQA-accredited health plans. It has a commitment to offer members quality healthcare services by creating sustainable managed care models. The company aims to make its services innovative, cost-effective, coordinated, and fully integrated with advances in medical technology.

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Felipe Montoro Jens the Leader in Many Fields

At Odebrecht S.A, Felipe Montoro Jens has held several positions, and currently, he is the Chief Finance Officer at the company and the President of Odebrecht Participações e Investimentos. He has worked for different departments in the organization: Treasury, corporate, control, project finance division on and planning in Brazil, Singapore, and The United Kingdom. Felipe Montoro Jens was elected to be a nominated alternate member of the board of directors at Odebrecht Group; and served on the board in some companies controlled by Odebrecht like Odebrecht Latinvest, Odebrecht Leo & Gs, Odebrecht Defesa e Tecnologia and others.

Felipe Montoro Jens currently is also an Executive Officer at AC Energia S.A, Empresa de Generación Huallaga S.A, Concessionaria Interoceanica Sur Tramo 2 and Tramo 3 S.A and Concesionaria Travase Olmos. He also has positions in Peru Inversiones En Infraestructura S.A, Marañon Energia S.A and H2olmos.

Felipe’s career kicked off on a higher note as he worked with major companies from the start, no wonder many organizations want to be associated with him. Before his current positions On, Felipe Montoro Jens has worked in project development and finance at Enel Group S.p.A and PwC in auditing and consulting.

Felipe Montoro Jens attended Fundao Getulio Vargas and attained a Bachelor degree in Business Administration; later did a Masters in International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Aside from finance and management that Mr. Jens mostly specializes on, he has a wide range of skills because the different companies he has been involved with are in various industries. Felipe Montoro Jens knows a thing or two about oil and gas, real estate, irrigation, technology, and defense, just to name a few. Mr. Jens is committed to his work and always wants to make a big difference in his place of work so he can leave a legacy behind; Odebrecht Group is privileged to have him on its team.