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R Adoption Series: Introducing the Software Engineering Working Group and {mmrm}


In this R Adoption Series Webinar, the R Consortium invites the ASA Software Engineering Working Group ASA BIOP SWE to share their experience of how the group formed and the types of problems they are trying to solve in the Open Source for the Pharmaceutical industry. 

This session starts with describing the ASA SWE group, its motivations, and purpose, and then digs into one of the packages that the group has created {mmrm}. The mmrm package will be demoed and discuss why we have to be careful with the development of packages, why it’s not “yet another package,” and then the long-term perspective on software engineering in the Pharmaceutical industry. 

Then, Yoni Sidi will do a demo of the {mmrm} package describing the differences between SAS and R. The last section of the event will be focused on answering questions about this new working group and the {mmrm} package.


Ben Arancibia, Data Scientist – Senior Manager At GSK

Ben Arancibia is a Director of Data Science with 11+ years of technology driven solutions experience in the public, private, and social sector. He has a track record of producing thoughtful, high-quality advanced analytical work on highly visible engagements that are typically subjected to scrutiny by C-suite executives, board members and major stakeholders. Considerable experience in implementing data science solutions, either in the form of transformational efforts in data science strategy, new market entry or new business model development; to more tactical changes, such as machine learning optimization, data visualization improvements, technology platform development, system integration, and operational risk analysis.

Yoni Sidi, Director of Modeling and Simulation at Sage Therapeutics

  • Previously a Statistician at Metrum Research Group
  • PhD in Statistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Currently working on Bayesian approaches for CNS disease progression modeling, Dose/Exposure Response modeling and clinical trial simulations
  • Developed R packages
    • Package development tools, visualization, shiny, API management and statistics optimization

The R Adoption Series

This is a new series of webinars focused on the adoption of R.  Each session will include a case study and often include panels or discussions to enable those starting their journey to ask questions.

R Consortium will keep this page updated with information on future webinars in the R Adoption series. If there is some information that you are looking for specifically and you don’t see it here, feel free to email us at