February 27th, 2020 Meeting

Past Meeting

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Thursday, February 27th, 2020

12:30 PM (Registration)
1:30 – 5:00 PM (Meeting)

Jazz Pharmaceuticals
3170 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

3180 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Facility Host:
Diane Androvich

Event Host:
Thomas Leung (415) 956-3611

Speaker 1

Introduction of Python for SAS Programmers

Jagan Achi , Jazz Pharmaceuticals


Python is a high-level language that can be used along with SAS to facilitate quick review and manipulation of data. In this presentation we will introduce Python language for SAS programmers in the context of data manipulation [reading SAS data, joining the SAS datasets taking an example of lab units conversion], visualizations [producing common bar charts, box plots to introduce graphics].

About the Speaker:

Jagan Achi is an Associate Director Statistical Programming who works with Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Jagan has worked at Medical Devices, Clinical Research Organization over 10 years at different capacities and worked with teams to lead the statistical programming activities leading to regulatory submissions. Jagan holds a Masters in Statistical Genetics from the University of Georgia and DVM from ANGRAU, India.

Speaker 2

A novel approach to biostatistical programming

Jeff Cao , Viitai


SAS is a mature analytical software that delivers key insights into whether a treatment is effective and safe. Despite its long history and extensive use in the life science industry, there remain many issues that biostatistical programmers, biostatisticians, and management must deal with on daily basis. This presentation will explore and discuss these issues/challenges in detail and attempt to present a novel approach that resolves these issues and meets the challenges.

About the Speaker:

Jeff Cao is president of Viitai, a leading life science software company producing innovative applications that are simple to use, operationally efficient, and compliant to regulations. Prior to Viitai, Jeff led the IT function in Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical and R&D IT at BioMarin. Before came to bay area, Jeff Cao spent 6 years at PAREXEL in Boston MA, developing and implementing various clinical applications. He and his team are passionate about architecting an optimal biostatistical programming environment.

Speaker 3

Is your organization ready for CDISC 360 View and Challenges?

Sunil Gupta, TalentMine


Like many organizations, manual double programming is applied to create SDTMs and ADaMs with automated variable attributes. The next step to more fully automate SDTM mapping and creation with minimum customized programming is still in the planning stages.

Welcome CDISC 360. CDISC 360’s mission is to guide the industry to apply a metadata design to control and automate the process of SDTM and ADaM development. Along with SDTM and ADaM specs, new metadata design datasets are planned to be introduced for organizations to utilize and apply for program automation. This presentation will explore current CDISC 360 metadata design model and how evaluation is progressing. In addition, key updates to Control Terminology will also be reviewed.

About the Speaker:

Sunil Gupta, MS, is an international speaker, best-selling SAS author, and a global SAS and CDISC corporate trainer. Sunil is Executive Director of Data Sciences at TalentMine and has over twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, Sunil is on several CDISC and PhUSE working groups and has taught his CDISC online class at the University of California at San Diego and SAS Institute India.

Sunil also developed a new class on Data Science using SAS for UCLA and UCSD Extension. In 2011, Sunil launched his unique SAS mentoring blog, SASSavvy.com, for smarter SAS searches. Sunil has MS in Bioengineering from Clemson University and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the College of Charleston.