Capitalizing a Cure: How Finance Controls the Price and Value of Medicines

The Center for Health Administration at the Crown Family School invite you to

Michael M. Davis Lecture Series

“Capitalizing a Cure: How Finance Controls the Price and Value of Medicines “


This presentation will use the case of access to curative hepatitis C medicines to trace the power of the financial sector in shaping how breakthrough medicines are made, priced, and valued. The author’s book Capitalizing a Cure: How Finance Controls the Price and Value of Medicines will serve as a guide to understanding the complex and urgent issue of making biomedical innovation accessible to those who need it most.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn how the financial sector impacts access to essential medicines, using the hepatitis C case example.
  • To identify how debates over drug pricing and value in health are influenced by the financial sector.
  • To understand potential solutions that can advance equitable access to treatment and public health.


Presented by Victor Roy, MD, Ph.D., VA Scholar, School of Medicine, Yale University


Tuesday, October 17, 2023

12:30PM-1:45PM (CT)

Edith Abbott Hall, Library

969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637


The event is free open to the public. Registration required.

Hybrid Presentation: In-person and virtual via Zoom

1.5 CEUs available for $30, select Add-On.

Lunch provided for in-person attendees, registration required.


About CEUs

  • Eligibility for CEU’s requires indication at registration, event attendance, and completion of the post-event survey.
  • Post event, pending attendance verification, a PDF copy of the CEU certificate will be sent to the email provided during registration.
  • 1.5-hour CEU’s are available for $30. The Professional Development Program (PDP) is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.


About the Presenter

Victor Roy MD, PhD (VA Scholar) is a family physician and sociologist working to achieve health equity through scholarship, education, and solidarity-based change efforts in local and global communities.

He recently completed residency training in family medicine at Boston University, serving clinically at Boston Medical Center and Codman Square Health Center. Alongside his medical degree from Northwestern University as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, he earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Cambridge on a Gates Cambridge scholarship. His doctoral thesis centered on the political economy of drug pricing and access to medicines via the case of curative treatments for hepatitis C and will be the subject of a forthcoming book published by the University of California Press. Previously, he co-founded and served as Executive Director of GlobeMed, a network of students on university campuses partnering with communities around the world to tackle poverty and health inequity. He is the grandson of a physician and a village health worker from rural West Bengal, India.

Career and Research Interests: He plans to investigate the political economy of care infrastructures and access to health technologies in order to build systems of accompaniment that improve the health of structurally vulnerable patients. During his post-doctoral fellowship, he is exploring varied interests in advancing public sector and mission-driven systems for health (i.e., technology R&D); architecting responses to health inequities in areas such as addiction and maternal-child health; crafting health equity education with a focus on structural competency for students and trainees.

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