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Statistics in Drug Development: A Personal Perspective

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 16:00
Dr. Jochen Brumm, Senior Statistical Scientist, Genentech, Inc, Member of the Roche Group, South San Francisco, California
Statistics Seminar
Room 4192, Earth Science Buildling, 2207 Main Mall

In this talk, I want to give the audience an idea of what the work of a statistician in a pharmaceutical company might look like using my own experiences. I will give two examples of applied statistics during drug development: an innovative strategy for a dose-ranging trial (MCPMod) and the estimation of the probability of success of a phase 3 trial given the mechanism of action of a compound for cardiovascular risk reduction. Emphasis will be on the strategic context of statistical methods within clinical drug development and on desirable skill-sets that help statisticians in the industry to succeed. I will conclude with some general comments that might be helpful for graduate students considering to work in the pharmaceutical industry.