Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry, abbreviated to PSI[1], is an organisation for the promotion of statistical thinking in order to improve the quality of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry.

PSI is a non-profit organisation formed in 1977 which was later converted to a company limited by guarantee, a process which was completed in January 2003. PSI achieves its vision by providing a forum for regular discussion of statistics and matters relating to the practice of statistics in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as promoting good statistical practice within the industry.

PSI's membership is around 1000 statisticians from across the Pharmaceutical Industry and academia. About 80% of these are UK based. PSI hosts an annual three day conference for its members, as well as several one-day meetings and training courses. It publishes a quarterly newsletter "SPIN" and sponsors the international journal "Pharmaceutical Statistics", published by John Wiley & Sons.

PSI is a member of the European Federation of Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (EFSPI).

PSI Conference[edit]

Since 1978 PSI have held a conference annually, the locations of which are listed below:

The PSI annual conference
Year Location PSI Chair
1978 The Falcon Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon Jorgen Seldrup, Geigy
1979 Jesus College, Oxford University John Lewis, ICI
1980 Newnham College, Cambridge University John Lewis, ICI
1981 Lincoln Hall, Nottingham University Alan Ebbutt, Ciba-Geigy
1982 Wentworth College, York University Chris Hallett, Roche
1983 Wills Hall, Bristol University Chris Hallett, Roche
1984 St Hilda's College, Oxford University David Robinson, Glaxo
1985 Sorby Hall, Sheffield University David Robinson, Glaxo
1986 The Murray Building, Southampton University John Shelton, Searle
1987 The Cairn Hotel, Harrogate John Shelton, Searle
1988 The Prince of Wales Hotel, Southport Richard Hews, Pfizer
1989 Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool Cynthia Haliburn, SK&F Labs
1990 The Viking Hotel, York Alec Vardy, Duphar
1991 The Grand Hotel, Bristol Alec Vardy, Duphar
1992 Hospitality Inn, Brighton Phil Poole, Sterling Winthrop
1993 The Grand Hotel, Bristol Phil Poole, Pfizer
1994 Hilton National Hotel, Coventry Mick Godley, Zeneca
1995 The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool Mick Godley, Zeneca
1996 De Vere Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth David Morgan, HMR
1997 Stratford Moat House Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon David Morgan, HMR
1998 The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate Andy Grieve, Pfizer
1999 De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton Andy Grieve, Pfizer
2000 Stakis Metropole Hotel, Brighton John Chapman, Quintiles
2001 Carden Park Hotel, Chester John Chapman, Quintiles
2002 Sopwell House Hotel, St Albans Sue McKeown, Procter & Gamble
2003 Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge Sue McKeown, Procter & Gamble
2004 Carden Park Hotel, Chester Kerry Gordon, Quintiles
2005 City Hall, Cardiff (Joint meeting with Royal Statistical Society) Kerry Gordon, Quintiles
2006 Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge Paul Worthington, Chiltern International
2007 Carden Park Hotel, Chester Paul Worthington, Takeda
2008 The Hotel, Brussels (Joint meeting with EFSPI) Sara Hughes, GlaxoSmithKline
2009 Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton Sara Hughes, GlaxoSmithKline
2010 The Midland Hotel, Manchester Stephen Pyke, Pfizer
2011 Cotswold Water Park Hotel, South Cerney Stephen Pyke, Pfizer
2012 The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield Katherine Hutchinson, Quanticate
2013 Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow Katherine Hutchinson, Quanticate
2014 The Tower Hotel, London Robert Cuffe, ViiV Healthcare
2015 Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London Robert Cuffe, ViiV Healthcare
2016 Pullman Hotel, Berlin Mark Morris, Conatus Pharmaceuticals


  1. ^ The abbreviation PSI is chosen in preference to the more literal SPI to avoid connotations with the word "spy", and to tie in with the Greek letter Ψ - Greek letters playing a substantial part in statistics. Ψ was the original logo of PSI.

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