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The Statistician in R&D: A Vital Team Member, Not an Inconvenience

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April 24
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT

Course Description

Statistics is a critical part of regulatory submissions and working with statisticians can be challenging for scientists and professionals. People who are adept at working with statisticians are more effective and successful.

  • Learn how to interface with statisticians and optimize the relationship.

  • Understand best practices in statistics for successful product development and approval.

  • Know the language of statisticians to improve communication.



Webinars are conducted over Zoom and begin with a brief introduction of the subject matter expert, topic area and webinar norms. From there, the subject matter expert teaches about the topic for 30 minutes. Following the short presentation, the more interactive portion of the webinar begins with breakout groups, discussion questions, case studies, etc.




If registration is closed, please contact Lauren Racki at laurenracki@ksu.edu for more information.

CE credits
Only those who attend the entire seminar synchronously will be eligible to receive continuing education credits.

Group rate
Group discounts are available for three or more employees per company. Contact Lauren Racki at laurenracki@ksu.edu or 913-307-7340 to obtain discount codes for a group.

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Meet the instructor

Dr. Brian Fergen is global head of Statistics and Data Management for Elanco. He has 30 years of global animal health industry experience in clinical, non-clinical and technical development support, and post-approval study support for large and small molecule products in companion and farm animal species. During his career, Fergen has been responsible for statistical support for over 100 vaccine and pharmaceutics products that have been licensed in the U.S., Europe and additional countries around the world.

Fergen also spent nearly a decade as a statistical reviewer for the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics, where he provided key support for industry guidance associated with the biologics licensing process and regularly provided presentations at industry meetings. Additionally, Fergen has experience in Phase1 and 2 clinical trials in humans, has held academic appointments and has mentored a dozen student interns enrolled in M.S. or Ph.D. statistics programs.

More recently, Fergen has transitioned to a role leading statistics and data management functions, where he has built global teams, instituted global procedures and ways of working, led organizational change management and focused strategy development on new/novel statistical methods that can accelerate drug licensing. He currently serves as the chairperson of the Animal Health Institute Working Group on Biostatistics.

He has undergraduate mathematics and education degrees and earned M.S. and Ph.D. statistics degrees from the department of statistics at Kansas State University.

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