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​​​​​​​Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences
(BARDS)

Using Quantitative Science to Impact Human Health

BARDS (Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences) is a highly distinguished department within Merck’s renowned research and 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

Our vision is to be the leader in quantitative scientific methodology and its application to enable the targeting, discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of innovative products for the benefit of global human health.

465
Employees in biostatistics and statistical programming
13
American Statistical Association Fellows
3
Regions across the globe
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Highly rewarding, highly impactful career
80+
Years of excellence


Merck was the first company in the pharmaceutical industry to have a dedicated statistics department

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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
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How can “I” contribute to Merck?

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Invent
  • Conduct research on statistical methodology
  • Apply statistical excellence daily in the development of innovative medicines and vaccines
  • Develop cutting-edge programming solutions to expedite analysis work and speed patient access to new medicines
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Impact
  • Directly contribute to the development of life-saving and health preserving medicines and vaccines
  • Demonstrate leadership within your field and on cross-disciplinary teams
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Inspire
  • Let our rich history, world-class scientists and future plans inspire you
  • Inspire others with your energy, creativity, teamwork and dedication
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Interact
  • With top scientists, regulators, and payers worldwide
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Investigate
  • The roles of precision medicine, real-world evidence, machine learning and programming automation in drug development
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Integrate
  • Statistical expertise with scientific advances, operational excellence and exceptional medical knowledge
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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.
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Devan Mehrotra
VP Early Development Statistics, BARDS
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.
Lara Wolfson
Executive Director Health Technology Assessment (HTA) 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
SVP, BARDS

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