The Application and Implementation of Methodologies in Statistics (AIMS) Special Interest Group (SIG) objective is to support PSI Committees and PSI/EFSPI Special Interest Groups (SIGs) with the technological application and implementation of statistics.  To develop understanding of new analytical tools and approaches to share with PSI & EFSPI members via appropriate forums.  To ensure PSI & EFSPI members are supported with understanding the requirements for the implementation of industry data standards. 

For 2019, our main objectives are:

  1. Key objective: Automation of reporting: Most companies are working towards a time from DB lock to High Level results of 24 hours with just 5 days for the Stats analysis to be complete.  Therefore we’d look to ways to assist with this through the use of technology.   
  2. Key objective: Data visualization:  Looks at technology to enhance visualization of data throughout the study
  3. Work with statisticians and statistical programmers to educate them on Data Science Tools (such as R, GitHub etc)
  4. Bridging the gap between SAS and other software (for example, SAS processes / global macros and do it in Git / GitHub)
  5. Assist other SIGS implement their needs in software/training/support. – Reach out to SIGS (including data science SIG) and ask if we can help with any of their projects & the implementation of them.
  6. R Validation Hub – Continue the work on the Hub project improving the website, and production of R metrics/ tests/ validation documentation

Who we are

The AIMS SIG was formed in May 2016 and currently consists of the following team members:




Lyn Taylor

Phastar, UK


Craig McIlloney



Andy Nicholls


R validation Hub Chair

Chris Toffis

SQN Clinical

Jules Hernandez-Sanchez

Roche, UK


Yann Roberts

Servier, France


Markus Elze


Karma Tarap


Mark Bynens


We also have a wider team of experts in the use of R, who are working on the collection of metrics and R validation information.  See the following for more information: 

How to get in touch

If you are interested in joining the AIMS SIG, then please contact Lyn Taylor:
If you are interested in R, and joining the R validation Hub contact:

Latest News

AIMS was awarded funding from the R-Consortium in June 2018 to create of an online repository for R package validation in accordance with regulatory standards.  The desire to use R in the pharmaceutical industry is evident due to it being a very powerful object-orientated language, able to produce analyses and high quality graphics and being open source hence readily enabling bespoke extensions.  It can be used for high performance computing and allows easy integration with other software.  It can also be used for complex analyses which is especially important when these analyses are not available in SAS.  The AIMS SIG have been working on a number of initiatives over the last 12 months focused on increasing the use of R in the industry and how R can be used in the regulatory environment through addressing the question surrounding validation.   For more information see: 
If you are interested in contributing to this project please contact:  

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Upcoming Events: PSI Conference 2019: AIMS The Future is HeRe

This session will start with an overview of the AIMS SIGs objectives for 2019, followed by demonstrations using Tidyverse and RMarkdown.   The session will conclude with a summary of the latest status of the R Validation Hub Project.

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Statistics and Statistical Programming Opportunities at MSD


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Statistics at Costello Medical


Pharm Research Associates

Principal Biostatistician


Autolus Therapeutics

Head of Statistical and Data Innovation as Head of Biometrics



Statistician Opportunities in the UK