Reflections on Statistical Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Nitin Patel

Posted by Esha Senchaudhuri

Aug 5, 2014 11:52:00 AM


Cytel CTO Nitin Patel, recently sat down with ECHOES (a magazine for statistics in clinical trials) to discuss his vision of the future of statistics and statistical programming within the biopharmaceutical industry.

Patel argues that the global reach of statistics in an era of big data will affect both statistical technique and communication. As a result, he encourages aspiring statisticians to gain a solid foundation in advanced computational methods, Bayesian techniques, and also a range of global film and world literature. 

As a seasoned entrepreneur, Patel also discusses what he views as three critical factors for successful entrepreneurship. Drawing on his experiences as a founder of Cytel, and also from his several years of teaching at the MIT Sloan School and the Indian Institute of Management, Patel notes the importance of developing risk-taking abilities, and drawing on trust and teamwork to counter some of the uncertainties of an unconventional career path. 

In order to access the full interview, please click: ECHOES July 2014 Issue


Learn more about the Indian Institute for Statistics in Clinical Trials

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Topics: Nitin Patel, Statistical Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Computing

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