Statistical excellence in the pharmaceutical industry

About the award

The award for statistical excellence in the pharmaceutical industry is made jointly with the RSS (Royal Statistical Society) every year.
The award is for the most influential example of the application of an existing statistical practice, or the implementation of an innovative statistical practice, in this industry.


We are looking for entries that have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • A clear understanding of the needs of researchers and investigators
  • An application of an existing statistical practice to a new area that has increased the quality and efficiency of investigations
  • A new development in the design of investigations and/or the analysis of data that has led to further insights into the safety, efficacy and value of medicines or devices
  • An excellent way to communicate results that is clear and helpful to a wide array of users, showing how statisticians understand the range of user needs

Nominees can be based anywhere in the world and do not need to be a member of PSI or the RSS. The award will be presented at the Annual PSI Conference which will be held in London from 2nd – 5th June 2019.

Entries for this award are now closed.

Previous winners

The 2018 award was jointly presented to Dr Mouna Akacha (Novartis) for 'Enhancing drug development using clinically interpretable treatment effect measures (‘estimands‘) that allow for efficient statistical analyses' and Dr Simon Bate for 'Improving the quality and reliability of animal research through the use of InVivoStat: a statistical software package for animal researchers'. Learn more about the winning entry on StatsLife.

The 2017 award was presented to Michael O'Kelly for his work 'Promoting analytical solutions and best practices for handling missing data in pharmaceutical industry'.  More information on StatsLife.

Richard Nixon of Novartis was presented with the award in 2016 for “Enhancing decision-making in drug development using quantitative approaches’. Read more on StatsLife.

Katrina Gore and Nicky Best (joint winners, 2015, Pfizer and GSK respectively). Read more on StatsLife.