Maria Costa

Manager, Clinical Statistics

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Maria costa

How would you describe your role?

I am a statistician within Pharmaceuticals R&D. My main role is related to the design and analysis of clinical trials. However, as a statistician at GSK, I am able to get involved in other projects. For example, I have the opportunity to become an elicitation expert. This means that I act as facilitator in prior elicitation meetings. The information from these meetings can then be used to support internal decision-making in a more quantitative and data-driven manner.

What do you most like about your job?

I like the consulting nature of the job. Communicating with experts from other fields poses many challenges, but it is also very rewarding when you manage to communicate complex statistical ideas in a way that enables others to make the best possible decision.

What do you like about working at GSK?

The people you get to work and interact with are definitely one of the main highlights of working at GSK. I also like the fact that everyone is excited about the science they do and there is a real sense of the impact it has on people’s lives.

How would you describe the opportunities at GSK?

I would say there are many opportunities for personal development at GSK. If you are interested in a particular area, or want to explore something different, I have found that senior management at GSK is very supportive and does try to ensure that people feel motivated to do their job, wherever that is.

What do most people not know about R&D or the role of statisticians at GSK?

As a statistician at GSK, your role goes beyond that of designing and analysing clinical trial data. Often you will find yourself providing support to other functions, for example biology to support scientists in the choice of a particular biomarker or assay technique. This further highlights the consulting aspect of the role of the statistician.