40 years exceeding expectations
With several employees who have been with us for more than 20 years, to eminently qualified clinical analysts, statisticians, applications developers and data managers who have been the pulse of Alimentiv Statistics for many years, we’re here for the long term bringing the highest levels of clinical trial design, analysis, innovation and support to our industry.
John Amrhein, MSc, P.Stat. (SSC) PStat® (ASA)
Vice President, Statistics
As Vice President, Statistics, John develops the strategic vision of Alimentiv Statistics and manages its progress towards that vision. John joined McDougall Scientific in April 2008 as a senior statistician. As his tenure increased, he assumed several roles, including managing day-to-day operations, employees, and service delivery, running business development and sales activities and maintaining the computing infrastructure. These varying responsibilities prepared John for his role as VP when McDougall was acquired by Alimentiv in March 2021. John most enjoys bringing value to clients through leading-edge statistical designs and analyses and helping them leverage existing resources to improve their business processes. Following the lead set by Janet McDougall, he also gravitates towards mentoring the next generation of Alimentiv statisticians and managers.
Prior to joining McDougall, John was Senior Statistician at SAS Institute (Canada) where he taught statistics and programming and consulted with clients in health care, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing, finance, and government. Prior to joining SAS, John was a Mathematical Statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he designed probability-based surveys of the U.S. agri-business sector. John was Chair of SAS Global Forum 2017, the annual conference of SAS users worldwide. He earned his Master of Statistics at North Carolina State University, Master of Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Bachelor of Science at Penn State University.
Hong Chen, MSc, P.Stat. (SSC) PStat® (ASA)
Senior Director, Statistics, Principal Statistician
Hong leveraged his proven ability as a research computing specialist and analyst at Memorial University to join the company in 1998. Hong advanced from Data Analyst to Senior Programmer/Analyst, then Manager, Director, and currently Senior Director and Principal Statistician, a role created just for him. In this position Hong oversees the Statistics and Programming, training staff, ensuring all business processes are optimal and documented in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and works frontline in statistical analysis and programming to ensure quality results are delivered on time and on budget. Hong’s passion for client satisfaction has led to his leadership role in R&D in both programming and statistics resulting in numerous innovative improvements to the business processes and products. Hong earned his Master of Science (Statistics) from the University of Toronto, Master of Science (Fisheries Resource Management) from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Bachelor of Engineering (Fisheries) from Guangdong Ocean University (China) and has received the designation of professional statistician the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) and the American Statistical Association (ASA). Hong has published research articles in SAS programming, clinical data standards, and statistical simulation, and served as a member of the CDISC Advisory Board and its SDTM Validation Team.
Founding of McDougall Scientific
In Memoriam (1947-2021) – Janet E.A. McDougall, MSc, P.Stat. (SSC) PStat® (ASA)
Janet founded McDougall Scientific in 1984, when CROs were in their infancy and government regulations for human research was developing. She built the company from a sole proprietorship to a niche CRO servicing an international client base. In March 2021, Janet retired from an active role when McDougall Scientific became an independently operating organization within the Alimentiv family of companies.
Trained as a statistician and having honed her skills within the academic research community as well as the J&J health care family, the ethos of plan, do and check became part of the company’s DNA. She guided the corporate strategy, established key partnerships, emphasized training and compliance throughout the company, closely monitored the changing trends in applied statistical methods and the international regulations in drug development and acted as an executive statistical consultant. Janet obtained her BSc. from the University of Waterloo in 1971, MSc. from the University of Toronto in 1977 and was accredited by both the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) as a Professional Statistician (PStat). She presented to both the Canadian (TPD) and American (FDA) regulatory authorities, served on the SSC board, acted as a column editor for the SSC publication, participated in the DIA working group during the development of the eTMF Reference model, chaired the ASA/DIA Good Clinical Practices Working Group, and was recognized with the University of Waterloo 2016, Faculty of Science, Contributions to Science Alumni Award.
Janet was passionate about mentoring the next generation of statisticians and will be remembered for her spirit of adventure, her curiosity, her sense of humour, her steadfast and determined approach to any challenge, her intelligence, her genuine caring and consideration for others, her sense of social justice and fair play, and her commitment to philanthropy in so many forms. She believed in giving back, paying forward, and sharing whatever she had with heartfelt generosity.