Susan Atkinson, Ph.D., serves as senior vice president of global biometrics for PPD. In that role, she oversees the company’s global acquisition, validation, summarization and analysis of all phases of clinical trial data. She plays a strategic leadership role in PPD’s innovation efforts and use of predictive analytics. Functional groups that report into this operation include biostatistics, programming and data management operations, as well as data analytics, medical writing, interactive voice/web response and global clinical supplies.
Dr. Atkinson joined PPD in 1991 as a senior biostatistician and has risen through the ranks to her current leadership role. She has expertise in statistical analysis, clinical trial design, regulatory submission strategies and e-clinical trial technologies. Prior to PPD, Dr. Atkinson was an independent biostatistics consultant and a research statistician in the biometric consulting laboratory of the department of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Atkinson has served as a member of the industry advisory board for the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium and the board of directors for North Carolina State University’s Foundation for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. She currently serves as board chair for a local nonprofit pregnancy support organization. In 2017, she was named to the PharmaVOICE 100 list of the most inspiring people in the life sciences industry.
Dr. Atkinson earned a doctorate and master’s degree in biostatistics and a bachelor’s degree in public health (biostatistics), all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.