Data and Pharmaceuticals

Dr Ben Waterhouse is the owner of Model Solutions. As well as a combined Bachelor of Science and Arts majoring in Maths and German, he also has a PhD in Mathematics.

I was originally going to study a Bachelor of Commerce, but fate had other ideas when my maths teacher advised commerce was a terrible idea and I should study maths. A few months later, I started my maths degree. She was clearly very persuasive.

My first job after graduating from university was with a consulting company. I learnt an enormous amount from this experience, in particular how little I knew. Eventually I returned to university to complete a maths PhD. Not something I had ever really planned, it turned out to be the best years of my life.

After completing my PhD, I started Model Solutions. My company uses data every day to answer questions about pharmaceutical drug use. We work with clinicians, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies on a range of complex questions and problems within that sphere. Our work varies from helping launch a new treatment or ensuring a drug is used in line with its approvals to writing an academic paper about how treatment of a particular disease is changing.

Business success requires a toolbox of different skills. As well as getting along with people, you need to be able to prioritise and execute different tasks and make decisions. Increasingly you also need the ability to both understand and critically interpret large volumes of data.

Ben Waterhouse is an ambassador for the CHOOSEMATHS Careers Awareness Campaign

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Data and Pharmaceuticals
CHOOSEMATHS is a joint initiative of the Australian Mathematical Science Institute and the BHP Billiton Foundation.
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