Ruben Paul Adriaan van Eijk was born on the 5th of June 1988 in Gouda, The Netherlands. After completing secondary school at the Goudse Scholen Gemeenschap (GSG) in 2006, he moved to Utrecht to study medicine at the University of Utrecht. During his medical studies he worked as a student researcher at various research groups and developed a growing interest in the underlying medical biostatistics and trial methodology. After he obtained his medical degree, he pursued his interest in clinical trials as PhD candidate at the department of neuromuscular diseases under supervision of prof. dr. L.H. van den Berg and prof. M.J.C. Eijkemans. In 2017, he obtained a postgraduate Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the University of Utrecht, specializing in medical biostatistics. Since 2018 he has been working as a statistical consultant and medical statistician for the clinical trial methodology group at the Julius Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. In 2019 he obtained he successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled: “Optimizing the Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis” and is currently appointed as assistant professor at the department of Neurology. His research focusses on addressing methodological challenges in clinical drug development to further accelerate clinical trials for neuromuscular diseases.