Will the 2016 Presidential Election affect the Pharmaceutical Industry?


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Politico reported that “Recent polls have found that high drug costs are the No. 1 health care priority of Americans, eclipsing Obamacare even among Republicans and independents.” A tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly two thirds of Americans supported “government action to lower prescription drug price.” A majority of Republicans, 56%,… Read more »

I’m an Actuary. Can I be a Data Scientist?


The Data Science revolution is not going away and it pays for actuaries to prepare for the impact that big data is having on the insurance industry and their careers. The Healthcare and Property and Casualty industries have led the way in establishing the Data Science/Actuary hybrid. Josh Wills, Director of Data Engineering at Slack… Read more »

Data Scientist Technology Requirements


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Smith Hanley has been recruiting statisticians for over thirty-five years. We have evolved along with our clients and candidates from traditional marketing and business analytic roles to full-fledged data scientist positions. The evolution required? The data scientist technology skill set that has to be added to your core statistical skills. Hadoop What technology is the… Read more »

Pharma Sales Reps Change the World!


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During a speech last week at the 2016 ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Conference Vice President Joe Biden, in his new directive from President Obama to “get us to the moon” in curing cancer, encouraged collaboration and team science within the field of oncology. “The whole world is looking to you. Your success can… Read more »

Market Research: A Necessity for Social Media Marketing


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Increased exposure (90%) and increased traffic (77%) are the top two benefits of social media marketing according to the 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report put out by SocialMediaExaminer.com. But the #1 question marketers have, 88% in this same report, is how to measure their ROI on their social media activities. Market Researchers need to fill this… Read more »

Regulatory Impact and Big Data in the Financial Services Industry


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Data applications in the financial services industry in 2015 largely focused on reducing risk, meeting regulatory objectives and bolstering fraud detection. There was also an emphasis on expanding the credit population through the use of alternative data. The merits of using big data raised questions and concerns and often resulted in more regulatory interference. Size… Read more »

Beat the Odds at PMSA in Las Vegas


Viva Las Vegas! From April 17 through April 20 300+ management scientists in the pharmaceutical industry will descend on Las Vegas for their annual conference.  This year’s theme is: Game Changing Analytics: The Odds are in Your Favor. The non-profit sponsoring group for this event is the PMSA, Pharmaceutical Management Science Association. The PMSA’s stated… Read more »

What is SIFI Doing to Actuarial Hiring?


SIFI (systemically important financial institution) designation is starting to have an impact on actuarial hiring. This designation requires insurance companies to have more stringent capital standards and compliance burdens that are similar to those that banks have to adhere to. This SIFI designation for three large insurance companies, MetLife, Prudential and AIG, has them reacting… Read more »

Indeed.com Data Scientist Opportunities


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Crowdflower.com’s 2014 blog on Data Scientist Jobs by Sector and by State is very intriguing and visually interesting but seems to be understating the number of jobs available in Data Science. The calculations were based on Vincent Granville’s linkedin connections. While Vincent is a leading blogger and website owner on Data Science issues, this doesn’t… Read more »

Pharmaceutical Recruitment: 2016 Outlook


For 2016 Smith Hanley Associates is proud to announce the return of Tracey Gmoser to our Biostatistics practice. We are excited to have her 30 years of client and candidate experience to lead our Biostatistics team. Nihar Parikh will also bring his 10+ years of statistical recruiting experience to this practice area. This Clinical Practice… Read more »