2021 Nonclinical Biostatistics Conference

June 21-24, 2021

Conference Theme:  Nonclinical Statistics in the Age of Data Science

The conference organizing committee welcomes you to the ASA-BIOP Nonclinical Biostatistics Conference!  

Registration for the 2021 NCB Conference is open! 

Take a look at the conference program below, which shows the ASA Presidential speaker, the Keynote speaker, and the two exciting short courses lined up for the 2021 conference.  For the latest program information, please visit the 2021 NCB conference website.

Contributed Abstract Submission is now open! 

[Please Note: All contributed abstracts will be reviewed starting April 1st to determine oral presentation vs. poster.]

The ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Nonclinical Biostatistics Conference is sponsored by the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section in cooperation with the Rutgers University Statistics Department. The biennial conference lasts four days with invited and contributed talks on nonclinical biostatistics topics with speakers from industry, regulatory, and academia. Two short courses are offered on the first conference day. Conference attendance will be limited to 200 participants. Click on the Registration menu item to register for the conference.

The seventh U.S. conference dedicated entirely to nonclinical biostatistics topics will take place virtually June 21-24, 2021. 


For the latest program information, please visit the 2021 NCB conference website.

ASA Presidential Speaker  

Dr. Wendy Martinez, Director of Mathematical Statistics Research Center of the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Talk Title: "A Conversation About Data Ethics"

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, NYU

Author of the Incerto, a 5-volume essay on uncertainty (Antifragile, The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, The Bed of Procrustes, and Skin in the Game).

Talk Title:  "Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails"

Short courses

Conference attendees may attend one or both short courses.

Course #1

Course Title: Bayesian Regression Trees
Instructor: Dr. Jason Roy, Professor and Chair, Dept of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health

Course #2

Course Title: Stan and rstanarm for Bayesian analysis 
Instructors: Jacqueline Buros Novik, Head of Data and Analytics at Generables

Partial List of Invited Speakers


Yi Tsong, Director, Division of Biometrics VI, CDER, FDA
Lori Pfahler, Executive Director, Merck & Co., Inc


Steven Novick, AstraZeneca 
Yuting Xu, Merck 
Richard Higgs, Eli Lilly 


Melvin Munsaka, Senior Director, Safety Statistics, Abbvie
Joanne Hajne, Safety Surveillance Scientist, AstraZeneca
Guoqing Diao, Professor of Statistics, The George Washington University


Di Cook, Professor of Business Analytics, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University
Matthew Kay, Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Northwestern University
Carson Sievert, software engineer, RStudio

Event Type


ASA Biopharmaceutical Section
Rutgers University Statistics Department


National Institute of Statistical Sciences


Virtual Conference
ASA Presidential Speaker: Dr. Wendy Martinez, and Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NYU)