Academic and Industry Collaborations – what have we learnt and how to take it to the next level?

Vipin Arora Chair
Eli Lilly and Company
David Allison Panelist
Indiana University
Lehana Thabane Panelist
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Tolulope Sajobi Panelist
University of Calgary
Wei Shen Panelist
Eli Lilly and Company
Vipin Arora Organizer
Eli Lilly and Company
Thursday, Aug 10: 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Invited Panel Session 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 
Room: CC-714B 
Abstract: Academic and Industry collaborations have always provided great opportunities to collaborators to solve complex problems. More and more industry is getting involved in direct collaborations with academic institutions around the globe. The opportunities are endless including those for students and key stakeholders. However, the key focus and priorities from industry and academic side may be different and could pose challenging situations. The organizational challenges and complexity in the process of decision making is another challenge. The importance for an early alignment on key aspects prior to initiations of the collaboration are key to ensure a successful collaboration with a positive experience during the entire journey i.e., not only the milestones. The panel of lead academicians and industry leaders based in US and Canada will share their experiences including a collaboration with a University in South Africa.

Panelist #1:Prof. David Allison, Distinguished Professor, Provost Professor, ASAF, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

Subtopic: How academic and industry collaborations can stimulate all parties to recognize and pursue greater technical breadth, rigor of execution, and foundational understanding?
Will argue that the alternating separation and 'mash-up' of different intellectual and work cultures leads to greater ability to develop and then exchange advances in technical breadth, rigor of execution, and foundational understanding, three independently important aspects of science. Using examples going back at least as far as Brahe and Kepler and progressing through modern times, Will offer examples in which the intertwining, rather than true melding, of intellectual and work styles leads to great advances in statistical and other sciences.

Panelist #2: Prof. Lehana Thabane, PhD Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University
Subtopic: Partnering with Industry to advance experiential learning for biostatistician graduate students: Lessons from Canadian and South African Universities
Defined as "learning through reflection on doing", experiential learning is an imperative to enhance to quality and standards of training biostatisticians and methodologists. In this talk, I will be sharing some practical ways in which we used partnerships with colleagues working in pharmaceutical companies to advance experiential learning of biostatistician trainees in a Biostatistical Collaboration Course offered in two graduate programs at McMaster University in Canada and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I will share how we established the partnerships, the challenges and lessons learned, and opportunities to expand the model

Panelist #3: Prof. Tolulope T. Sajobi, Professor of Biostatistics
Departments of Community Health Sciences & Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine
Subtopic: It takes two to tango - Opportunities, challenges, and strategies for managing academic-industry collaborations
Academic-Industry collaborations are foundational to advancing scientific innovations. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of academic-industry collaborations. While there abounds several opportunities for both parties, there remain longstanding and emerging challenges in managing these types of collaborations. I will share emerging opportunities and barriers to fostering academic-industry collaborations and some lessons learned in managing research collaborations with industry partners.

Panelist #4: Wei Shen PhD, ASAF, Associate Vice President, Global Data Sciences, Eli Lilly and Company
Subtopic: Advancing innovation through academia-industry partnerships:Lilly's experience.



Main Sponsor

Biopharmaceutical Section

Co Sponsors

Caucus for Women in Statistics
Section for Statistical Programmers and Analysts
Stats. Partnerships Among Academe Indust. & Govt. Committee