Introducing Elevating Impact Keynote: Dr. Victoria Hale
Framework change can solve systemic world health problems, or at least we know it can if driven by Dr. Victoria Hale. An admirer of early suffragists, Hale is unafraid of challenging the status quo. She has set out to close the gab between unmet health needs and pharmaceutical opportunities, introducing solutions around the world ranging from available, affordable contraception to cures for fatal diseases.
Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry since college, Hale understands medicine. She was raised in Baltimore, worked at Johns Hopkins University Hospital as a pharmacist, and received her PhD in pharmacology at the University of California San Francisco. She continued on to work with the FDA, conducted research with Genentech, the world’s first biotech company, and founded her own pharmaceutical consulting firm, Axiom Biomedical.
Despite the progress Hale had made in medical research with advanced institutions in the US, it was a trip to India that brought on what would be a pivotal revelation. Hale saw that the global health industry had lost its ability to drive innovation, and that it was unable to provide affordable treatments to poverty-related diseases.
In 2000 Hale founded OneWorld Health to develop safe, effective, and affordable medicines addressing ignored and often fatal diseases like visceral leishmaniasis and a number of diarrheal diseases plaguing people developing countries. OneWorld Health became the world’s first nonprofit pharmaceutical company.
Widely recognized as a social entrepreneur for effectively addressing a systemic problem with a scalable, sustainable solution, Hale was just getting started. In 2009 Hale Founded Medicines360, leveraging her understanding of science and social enterprise to make medicines that help millions. With Medicines360 Hale is taking a new approach. She believes that today’s healthcare system is failing women, and she has set out to change it. With the power of medicine, awareness, and accessibility, Hale aims to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry (again!) by developing innovative, affordable, and sustainable medical solutions, particularly for women.
Hale has facilitated an unlikely partnership of industries – innovative science and innovative business – to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are honored to highlight her following International Women’s Day, and welcome her to the 2014 Elevating Impact Summit as a keynote speaker.
To find our more about Dr. Victoria Hale’s story, the non-profit pharmaceutical industry, and the organizations she has built, visit medicines360.org or see her wonderful TEDx talk from last year here.