Biostatistics and Research
Decision Sciences

Using quantitative science to impact human health

Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) is a highly distinguished department within Merck’s renowned Research & Development Division. As esteemed members of world-class drug and vaccine development teams, we partner with other disciplines in the strategic design of our discovery and development programs and provide statistical analysis, reporting, and data interpretation to enable informed decision-making.


Employees in biostatistics and statistical programming


American Statistical Association Fellows


Regions across the globe


Highly rewarding, highly impactful career


Years of excellence

We were the first company in the pharmaceutical industry to have a dedicated statistics department

 12 areas of collaboration and expertise 

  • Drug discovery
  • Translational medicine and biomarkers
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Clinical development (products in oncology, vaccines, neuroscience, diabetes, cardiovascular health, infectious diseases, respiratory health, and immunology)
  • Safety monitoring
  • Health technology assessment
  • Manufacturing
  • Analysis and reporting standards
  • Data standards
  • Information technology
  • Health Economics
  • Epidemiology

A career experience like no other, inspired by science

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Inside views from people on our team​​​​​​​

Everyone in our Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences team is passionate about wanting to improve global human health, and that passion is on display every day through our teamwork and innovation.
Devan Mehrotra
VP Early Development Statistics, BARDS
With our strong focus on methodological research, our Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences team will continue to play a crucial role in our Research Labs decision-making far into the future.
Ray Bain
This field of clinical statistical assessment in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is rapidly growing and expanding in methodological complexity and geographic scale, so it’s exciting to be at the technical and managerial forefront of an area that is all about trying to improve public health.
Ann Houseman
Lara Wolfson
Executive Director Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Statistics, BARDS

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