Melvin (Skip) Olson

Melvin Olson is the Global Head of Real-World Data Strategy and Innovation at Novartis (Basel, Switzerland).

In Olson’s current role, he is responsible for promoting best practice in research methodology and applications of real-world data across all therapeutic areas to drive better decision making.

Olson has a background in health economics and outcomes research; he previously led the use of real-world evidence to transform the generation of patient insights and value for money assessments. Olson has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biostatistics and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years as a clinical statistician, health economics and outcomes research director, and real-world evidence expert.