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Industry-Academic connect

Speakers and Panel Members

Brief Intro about the event:

The application of data design and analysis has been gradually evolving in the pharmaceutical industry, leading to the creation of new roles and responsibilities for statisticians and statistical programmers. The Industry-Academic Connect event aims to provide attendees with valuable insights into the drug development journey and the three major role streams required in the industry, namely Statistician, Statistical Programmer, and Data Scientist/Analyst. The event features a panel discussion with industry and academic leaders on the theme "Forging Partnerships: Enhancing Collaboration between Industry and Academia". The session will also include interns who are currently working in pharmaceutical organizations and CROs, providing their perspective on the industry.
The interactive session is designed to help students and faculty gain a better understanding of the opportunities available in the pharmaceutical industry and how they can upskill themselves to meet the industry's needs based on their aspirations and interests. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experienced professionals from the industry, who will share their experiences and provide guidance on how to build a successful career in this field. The session will also cover the latest trends and technologies used in the industry, the skills and knowledge required for each role stream, and the future prospects of the industry.
Overall, this event is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry or those who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in this field. The event will provide valuable insights and guidance that will help participants make informed decisions about their career paths. Don't miss out on this chance to learn from experts and connect with peers in the industry.

Intended Audience:

This event is tailor-made for the benefit of college faculties, College Training and Placement Officers (TPOs), and postgraduate students pursuing degree (in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, Life Science, Mathematics, AI/ML/Big Data, and related fields) at SRM IST, Chennai.


Time Brief Description of Topic Presenters
Students are advised to arrive at the venue at 9:00 am
09:00 – 09:15 Introduction of IASCT and speaker Nishanth Nalan, Secretary, IASCT
09:15 – 09:45 Life Cycle of Drug Development: An Overview of Clinical Trials Gauravbir Dogra, Senior Manager, Senior Statistical Data Sciences Lead, Pfizer
09:45 – 10:30 Overview of different regulators and types of applications Anitha Cecelia, SDM – Biostats & Reporting, Cognizant
10.30 – 10.45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Career options in the Pharma Industry:
  • -Biostatistics
  • -Statistical Programmer
  • -Data Analyst / Data Scientist
Padmanaban Sambatkumar, Director – Statistical Programming, IQVIA
11:30 – 12:15 The Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the Pharmaceutical Industry How Digital Transformation is impacting the Pharma Industry? Mahesh Iyer, Head, Statistics, AI/ML, Quantitative and Digital Sciences, and Innovation, India and Phillipines, Pfizer
12:15 – 12:30 Q&A All
12:30 – 01:40 Lunch Break
Meeting between IASCT, Industry Representatives, and SRM Faculty
01:40 – 01:45 Introduction of speaker Nishanth Nalan, Secretary, IASCT
01:45 – 02:55 Panel Discussion - Forging Partnerships: Enhancing Collaboration between Industry and Academia
  • Moderator: Jagadish Suriyanarayanan, Director, ICON

  • Panelist:
  • Dr. G. Vadivu, Professor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology

  • Mahesh Iyer, Head, Statistics, AI/ML, Quantitative and Digital Sciences and Innovation, Pfizer

  • Parthiban S D, Vice President of Innovation and Growth, Global Value Web

  • Rajalakshmi Srinivasan, Director - Product Management, Zoho Corporation Pvt. Ltd.

  • Dr. Solomon F.D. Paul, Principal - Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Technology & Head Faculty of Clinical Research

  • Srinivasa Raghavan R, Vice President & BU Head – Life Sciences, ACL Digital

02:55 - 03:40 Exploring Statistical Programming and Data Science in Pharmaceutical Organizations and CROs: An Intern's Perspective
  • Moderator: Jayapandian Nagamalaiyan, Senior VP, Biometrics Operations and Delivery, Symbiance

  • Interns:
  • Nathiya N, Associate Biostatistician, Algorics

  • Phanindra Kumar Madamala, Clinical SAS Programmar I, Symbiance

  • Surabhi Chaudhari, Junior Associate Statistical Data Scientist, Pfizer

  • Vibin, Statistical Programming Intern, ACL Digital

03:40 - 04:20 Developing Competencies and Skills Nishanth Nalan, Secretary, IASCT
04:20 – 04:30 Q&A and Closing Note Nishanth Nalan, Secretary, IASCT
04:30 – 05:00 Networking and Refreshments (Hi-Tea) All