Five Questions with Elaine Hoffman

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Elaine Hoffman, PhD

We're pleased to welcome Elaine Hoffman, PhD to RTI-HS as Director, Data Analytics and Design Strategy. We sat down with Elaine to learn more about her background and what she brings to our team. Here are her responses.

Q1. What attracted you to working at RTI-HS?
My family moved back to NC from Boston this summer where I was working remotely for a pharmaceutical company. I was attracted to RTI-HS because it is a local company with a great reputation, thought-provoking projects and talented colleagues. I am very happy with my decision to join the DADS group at RTI-HS.

Q2. What about your background will be particularly helpful to our clients?
I have worked in a variety of roles over the past 15 years. I was a clinical statistician for two drug development companies, and much of my career was in academia at UNC and Harvard School of Public Health. As Director of Statistics for the TIMI Study Group, a Harvard Medical School academic research organization, I worked more on the consulting-side as a statistician on large-scale Phase III cardiovascular outcome trials. All in all, I have worn a variety of statistical “hats” which gives me a unique perspective.

Q3. Given your long history in academia and working on the client side, what has surprised you most about your move to consulting?
Consulting is similar to my academic experiences, so the transition has been fairly easy.

Q4. What current trends in data analysis and design do you see having an impact on the future of drug development?
I think meta-analysis is a very important tool in clinical research today due to the enormous amount of trial data available and the astronomical cost of clinical studies. Synthesizing data economically will continue to be attractive to pharma, regulators, payers and consumers in the future. The ability to communicate strengths and limitations of meta-analysis approaches as well as keeping abreast of advancing methodologies will be critical for statisticians.

Q5. Professionally speaking, what would you tell your younger self?
Don’t be afraid of challenges, they keep you young!

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