Comment & Analysis

Outstanding Work

Thanks again for your outstanding work and positive attitude, your remarkable commitment, and for having made yourself available at such short notice despite other client commitments. All much appreciated.
Once again, EpiX over delivered.

Vice President

Jean Bonnavion
Palamon Capital Partners

Quickly grasped our problems and delivered an efficient solution


We had a pressing need for a strategic optimization model and EpiX’s consultants found time to tackle our problem immediately. Given the very short timeline for the project we never met face-to-face, but communication was always prompt and efficient. EpiX quickly grasped our business problem and how this would translate into an efficient model, and delivered a model that did all we asked for and even gave us new insights into the business case in hand. The expertise and efficiency of EpiX Analytics made the project a great bargain compared to the time we would have spent trying to make such a model ourselves. We anticipate working with EpiX more in the future.

Vice President, Transmission System Operations...

Ari Suomilammi
Gasum Oy

More comfortable moving forward and influencing decisions

After internally developing the core Crystal Ball model for the Purchase Order approval process I had a few communications with Huybert with the goal to review and refine the model and understand how to best use CB. He was instrumental with helping to take the model to a level where I feel much more comfortable moving forward with it and influencing decisions and the implementation strategy.

Director, Process Improvement

Yvan Corriveau

Valuable business insights beyond just technical help


With a lead time of 25 years for some of our single malt whiskies, ensuring the right stock usage is critical in our business.  We sought the expertise from EpiX Analytics to develop our own strategy further and enhance our modelling ability and forecasting. EpiX Analytics’ consultants quickly got up to speed and delivered beyond just technical help, providing valuable business insights.   The criticality of the work meant that timescale was vital.  The lead consultant in particular was instrumental in developing the model we now use, in just under three months – on time and on budget.   Overall it has been a thoroughly productive collaboration and I would highly recommend Epix Analytics as a partner in any similar project

David Kattenhorn
The Edrington Group

Very pleased


Our team had previous notions of Crystal Ball prior to our Risk Modeling Training. The problems that we had were mostly related to the lack of confidence that everyone had in building risk models. Most team members were not too sure about which assumption to use when, there was very low awareness of potential modeling pitfalls, etc. So, our problems were not related to Crystal Ball itself but more related to HOW to best use it. Huybert came and provided a 3-day training to everyone and, couple of days after the training, I was able to already see great improvements in regards to HOW Crystal Ball was used. We are very pleased with the training provided and the professionalism and contagious enthusiasm of Huybert.

Thank you again for your dedic...

Nancy Laramee

Extremely Valuable


Huybert and Francisco did an excellent job of demonstrating how quantitative risk analysis methods can be applied to inform real-world decisions. As consultants, Huybert and Francisco have provided clear, insightful, and prompt guidance. Our relationship with Epix Analytics has been extremely valuable.

Director Clinical Pharmacology

Paul Mudd Jr.

Deep Analysis


I have to tell you I have not seen this level of deep analysis from a third party so far. Congratulations!

Product Manager

Raul Melendez
Pfizer Mexico

Clearly communicated complex science and modelling that ultimately withstood legal challenge

EpiX Analytics advised and assisted the Ministry of Primary Industries (formerly MAF) during quantitative modelling of the risk of introducing Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome into New Zealand with imported pork. Drs Zagmutt and Groenendaal's expert professional input ensured the analysis upon which our decisions were made was robust, and the overall process ultimately withstood a legal challenge and judicial review. We involved Drs Zagmutt and Groenendaal in an Expert Working Group of scientists and stakeholders, and their technical input during this sensitive process was valuable for us by assisting the diverse group to focus on interpreting the science supporting the critical model inputs. Dr Zagmutt provided expert evidence during the Court proceedings, and in doing so clearly communicated complex science and model...

Dr. Matthew Stone
Ministry for Primary Industries
New Zealand

Sophisticated Risk Modeling

If you're in need of sophisticated risk modeling for financial, scientific, economic or social science purposes, you should tap EpiX Analytics' expertise.

Founder and Managing Director

Brandon Williams
IgniteIP, LLC

Superb course

I want to thank EpiX Analytics and the instructor, Dr. Zagmutt, for his knowledge, patience and humour during this superb course. The challenging and thorough course material provided a solid foundation for quantitative risk analysis. I now have the tools required to construct robust quantitative risk models that can be used to inform decision-makers. Dr. Zagmutt’s professional yet personal approach made the course very informative and enjoyable. His ability to clearly explain difficult concepts was exemplary. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in risk analysis for epidemiology.

Food Safety and Animal Health Division

Simon Otto, DVM, PhD
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Customized Customer Needs


EpiX Analytics worked with our group to create a statistical model which optimizes customer parts fill versus financial inventory goals at John Deere Construction and Forestry dealerships. We were able to use the output of the model to design an inventory stocking system which improves the customer experience at our dealerships. Additionally, the model was designed in a way to accommodate future "what if" scenarios as the business environment changes.

Manger Parts Business Planning and Integration

Jeff Tilden
John Deere Construction & Forestry

Extremely conscientious and proactive

We engaged Huybert and EpiX in a several-month project to help us make major improvements in our proprietary stochastic investment optimization models. In addition to being expert in the field of sophisticated risk modeling and analysis, Huybert and his team were a joy to work with, often going above and beyond the original scope of work while staying faithfully within budget. They were extremely conscientious and proactive in involving us to make sure the project was progressing according to the agreed timeline and going in a direction beneficial to us. They often made very insightful recommendations on how to make our approach more accurate, reliable, and efficient, and were very accommodating when we made mid-course revisions. They are consummate professionals, and “good people” too. We are looking for op...

Jerry A. Miccolis, CFA®, CFP®, FCAS, MAAA
Brinton Eaton

Participants, Quantitative Risk Analysis with R course, 2017

This was the best training class I’ve ever taken (even better than SAS courses). [The instructor] was an amazing teacher & I would like to take another course again.

QRA with R course attendee


Anyone can make you smile, many people can make you cry, but only [the instructor] can make you laugh while learning risk analysis.

Anna Frey, Staff Officer


This class is the best class that I ever took. We learned not only conceptual modeling but also programming in R.

Dr. Richa Ajmera, Deputy Director
Policy Analysis...

Quantitative Risk Analysis with R

Highly Recommended

Dr. Francisco Zagmutt has an impressive command of the tools used in conducting a quantitative risk analysis which include frequentist and Bayesian probability theories, statistics, mathematics, and programming in Excel, R, WinBugs and @RISK, that go well beyond his formal education. He offered a wide array of references with a degree of technical difficulty that reflects his strong interest in the subject matter and his commitment to stay current. In addition to an impressive knowledge base, Francisco is an excellent teacher. The class contained individuals with diverse backgrounds from professional to academic degrees and he brought us all along with him. He was able to answer all questions and provide hands-on exercises that were relevant to conducting a QRA. I highly recommend the class.


Vicki Lancaster, Ph.D
U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Outstanding Professionals


EpiX Analytics consultants are outstanding professionals in the field of quantitative risk assessment. They provided training that our staff will find valuable as we develop quantitative risk assessment to guide food safety decisions in the U.S.

Course Participant

Best course I've taken in the past decade at least, a real pleasure!


Considering what a broad range of subjects come into play in QRA, it is remarkable how well this course managed to focus in on key concepts and methods - a very worthwhile three days

Participant Quantitative Risk Analysis course, 2013

David Wilson - Associate, Stantec

Outstanding Training

I wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for the outstanding training you provided during the Quantitative Risk Analysis course held in Philadelphia. The course material was informative, challenging, and extremely well presented. It was an awesome learning experience for everyone. I have a great appreciation for EpiX Analytics, because I honestly believe your organization is hands down the most knowledgeable risk modeling firm in the world. Thank you again.


Brian Watt
GECC, Inc.

Excellent Practical Instruction


The example problems were challenging/probing and particularly suited to the types of analysis we are expected to conduct in our work. Excellent practical instruction, built on strong statistical theory.

Course Participants

Participant Intro to Quantitative Risk Analysis course


Introduction to Quantitative Risk Analysis is not just a class, it is an experience. There is a great depth and breadth of knowledge that The instructor brings to the table, not just in risk analysis, but in business and industry as a whole. The class brought to light and explained fully issues with risk analysis that I previously only suspected or wondered about. I would not hesitate to recommend the class to anybody with a true interest in risk analysis.

Course Participant

Intro. to Quantitative Risk Analysis course, 2006

Extremely Worthwhile

Dr. Francisco Zagmutt's four-day course on Introduction to Animal Health Risk Modelling was extremely worthwhile. His methods of reviewing the vast amount of information on which the field is based and seamless introduction of brand new concepts are expert, and it is obvious that he is extremely knowledgeable and genuinely interested in the subject matter. Francisco always had the right anecdote or bit of history to put the issues at hand into context, and in so doing, made for a richer, more memorable experience than just introduction of formulae and application to a specific dataset. He also had an affable and approachable attitude that generated a friendly atmosphere amongst a diverse group of students and promoted a camaraderie that outlasted the few short days of the course. My only regret is that we didn't...

Kristen Reyher, DVM, MRCVS, PhD candidate
Atlantic Veterinary College

Highly Recommended

It was a pleasure to work with the EpiX team to build a revenue model for our pharmaceutical product candidates. They listened, hit our deadlines and produced a high-quality model on budget. Highly recommended!

Director of Business Development

Karin M. Hold, PhD
Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Great Job in Teaching

I wanted to thank you again for the course. I think you did a great job in teaching us; I know how hard it is to teach a group, give everybody the feeling you are giving them your full attention and at the same time stay focused on the most important things and make sure the 'group' advances in the material. You succeeded very well in this challenge!

Hachaklait Veterinary Services

Dr. Michael van Straten
Hachaklait Veterinary Services

Clear and Concise

EpiX Analytics provides seminars and workshops on risk assessment, commencing with basic principles, and extending into more complex risk assessment methods. At each training session, the instructor communicated clearly and concisely, providing excellent notes and worksheets. The focus of our interest in risk assessment has been primarily in the field of animal health, and later plant health. The instructor was able to demonstrate the immediate applicability of an impressive range of techniques in both of these areas. It is a credit to the instructor that he was able to work with people from very different mathematical backgrounds, and his patience with beginners was commendable.

Regional Veterinary Epidemiologist

Dr. Chris Hawkins
Agriculture Western Australia

Beautiful course! Hard work, lots learned!

I took part in the post-graduate certificate in risk analysis in health and food safety offered by the Royal Veterinary College in collaboration with EpiX Analytics. The quantitative risk assessment sections were taught by EpiX Analytics, and I was struck not only by the instructors’ knowledge and professionalism, but also by their engagement and enthusiasm which was highly contagious! Not long into the module the whole class was participating actively and with great enthusiasm.

This was an exciting but also demanding course. The topics covered (e.g. risk modelling with mathematical elements) were of great depth and complexity, but the instructors’ great lecturing and communication skills helped us in navigating through and, finally, understanding them well. ...

Nikolaos Dadios
Self Employed

Student Testimonials: Postgraduate Certificate in Risk Analysis in Health and Food Safety

I have really enjoyed the course, although the subject is challenging, I find the last module invaluable and it makes all the difference in learning compared to just participating in your [EpiX Analytics’] open courses, however excellent they are...thank you for an excellent course.

Kaisa Sörén, Epidemiologist
National Veterinary Institute, Swedish Zoonosis Centre


As far as I am concerned, this was the most specific and useful course at which I attended so far. In my opinion the course was well organized and structured, has certainly responded to my expectations. I am very satisfied I can easily say that I consider this course the best investment I could do for myself and my future!


Course gives a new perspective


It is not too often that you come across a training session that changes your thought process on a topic. EpiX Analytics' risk analysis course has given me a new perspective on the analytical process in general, which I am looking forward to implementing in the near future.

Manager-Corporate FP&A

Ara Zakarian, CPA, CFA

Actively sought ways to use Crystal Ball

The EpiX trainer was an extremely knowledgeable and helpful instructor that actively sought ways to use Crystal Ball in our personal work setting.

Finance Manager Corporate FP&A

Grant Gille

Skilled presentation of the material made the information very easy to digest


“I wanted to thank EpiX Analytics for hosting the Quantitative Risk Modeling course in NC. I have wanted to employ risk modeling to support decision analysis for some time now and this course was a perfect introduction to applying these techniques. The instructor was excellent and and his skilled presentation of the material made the information very easy to digest. The application-oriented focus of the instruction was especially appreciated as there were several moments during the course that I could see immediate relevance to my own projects. I enjoyed the course very much and am looking forward to applying these concepts and tools in my regular work. Thank you!”.

 Associate Dir., Program Management & Mgr., Clinical Pharmacology

Rex L. Williams, Ph.D.
Nuventra Pharma Sciences,Inc.

Participants QRA and Disease modeling course, May 2019

Thank you for the highly polished course, the high quality teachings, the multiple examples, the supporting material and the numerous examples in R. Thank you for your excellent recommendations on how to get to Fort Collins (Groome Transportation were very well organized) and where to stay (it was lovely to stay at the Armstrong Hotel). Thank you so much for a wonderful learning experience. I really enjoyed my week and will highly recommend your class.

Caroline Mimeault,  Senior Science Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada


The class was incredibly well structured and well delivered. I have never worked in with e...

A Must-learn Course

A must-learn course for vet. epidemiologists and other vets in preventive/vet. public health.


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