Using Statistics to Solve the Largest Mysteries

An environment for mutual learning and problem solving

Driven by finding (statistical) solutions, Niclas Sjögren helps clients succeed with their life science projects. His ultimate dream is to contribute to a solution to Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the SDS Group, which consists of SDS Life Science and its sister company SDS MedteQ, Niclas and his colleagues have a chance to solve even the largest mysteries.

Niclas' expertise lies in clinical studies, biostatistics and research methodology. With his extensive experience of over 10 years at AstraZeneca’s R&D department, Niclas represents the typical SDS recruitment: highly knowledgeable, experienced and he plays well with others. These are characteristics he shares with his colleagues at SDS and, by extension, something SDS looks for in new recruits. The solid mass of expertise and experience nurtures an environment for mutual learning and problem-solving. SDS calls it ‘’the SDS difference’’.

Sure, the client might hire just me, but since the work environment is so collaborative it sometimes feels like they get the brainpower of all of us, says Niclas.

Ongoing learning is the key to success

It has been four years since Niclas joined SDS, and while he has never worked as a sole consultant, Niclas claims his working life might have been quite different if he had, admitting he is learning new things every day.

- For example, the estimand framework for translating the objectives of a clinical trial to a matching trial design, conduct, and statistical analysis was somewhat new to me when I returned to life science, although it fits my usual thinking. Begin with the end, what do you want to conclude from your clinical study?


The end goal for Niclas is to solve Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia and over 20 million people have fallen ill worldwide. The disease is believed to be the result of plaque, an unnatural form of protein ‘’coating’’. While he has been working with Alzheimer’s disease years before joining SDS, Niclas admits he has not been anywhere near solving it. But he is in great company, as within the scientific community it is still to an extent unknown what causes the degradation of the nerve cells. The symptoms, however, are better known. Alzheimer’s causes short-term memory loss, difficulty to speak and write, and impairment of spatial ability as well as varying degrees of physical immobility.


- The disease itself is horrible, so it would be exciting to be one part of the large number of researchers that finally find a solution to one of the most complex problems in the world.

SDS – A Certified Great Place to Work

At the beginning of the year, SDS Life Science and its sister company SDS MedteQ was certified as a ‘’Great Place to Work, meaning the SDS Group competes to become Sweden’s best place to work.

- I think one of the drivers at SDS is the will to do something exciting and good, and the will to deliver a good product. I think this certification is proof that we are doing a lot of good things within the SDS- group, says Gösta Hiller, COO at SDS Life Science.

Great Place to Work is based on an employee survey and an evaluation of the working place culture. The employee survey builds on 30 years of research and is the most used employee survey in the world today. But it is the company culture that lays the foundation of an employee’s experience at a workplace and therefore an examination of the workplace culture is included to get the certification.

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