Precision Analytics is an independent and fully women-owned and founded company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our mission is to help the organizations faced with the world’s toughest health challenges to make better decisions, faster, by delivering best-in-class services that harness cutting-edge data science tools.
Our diverse client base ranges from biotechnology start-ups to pharmaceutical manufacturers and clinicians. With our experienced team of data scientists, developers, and scientific advisors, we bring the same, high standard of scientific rigour to each research challenge we encounter, whether industry-standard or cutting edge. Central to everything we do is building lasting, meaningful relationships with our clients as we help them reach their scientific and business goals.
Dr. Erika Braithwaite’s background in epidemiology, psychology and econometrics all serve her well as CEO of Precision Analytics. Erika is an accomplished researcher, having been published in various academic journals, and she is an adjunct professor of Epidemiology and McGill University.
When she isn’t crunching data or overseeing company growth, Erika has a passion for inspiring women to pursue technology-related careers, and organizes the R Ladies Montreal Meetups. Like much of the Precision Analytics team, Erika is known enjoying the company of canines. More uniquely, she loves makeup, beauty bloggers and following the many BeauTube scandals of 2019.
Dr. Kathryn Morrison is an accredited statistician with over twenty peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Statistics in Medicine and The Lancet. Kathryn’s favourite thing about being a statistician is, as the famous statistician John Turkey said, you get to play in everyone’s backyard: she has worked on projects across the range of drug development, from basic science and genomics to clinical research and post-market drug analysis.
Kathryn still participates in research as an Adjunct Professor at McGill University, and in the open-source R community as a co-organizer of R Ladies Montreal. Not surprisingly, she spent her high school years making robots as a member of the physics club. She continues to insist that famous statisticians are totally a thing.
Rhiannon KamstraSenior Data Scientist
Rhiannon Kamstra puts the science in data scientist, with Master’s degrees in both chemistry and epidemiology. Having studied drug discovery, molecular modeling, and health outcomes, Rhiannon is well equipped to foster a dynamic outlook towards data. Rhiannon’s work in health economics and outcomes research covers many therapeutic areas including psychiatry, endocrinology, and oncology, and has made extensive use of real-world data sources such as insurance claims.
At Precision Analytics, Rhiannon uses her diverse background to work with clients across the life science and pharmaceutical spectrum. Outside of work, Rhiannon is an avid lover of nature and animals. When she’s not at home spending time with her pet parrot Lucas and being actively involved in Montreal’s aquarium appreciation community, she can be found travelling the globe in search of her next outdoor adventure.
Hugo BarnabySoftware Developer
Hugo is a software developer with a passion for clean code and well-designed software. After graduating from McGill University, Hugo worked with audio-visual software solutions for the government and within the gaming industry. Hugo wears many hats at Precision Analytics as the head software developer: from system administration and dev-ops to app development and bug fixing, Hugo does it all. When he’s not at work, Hugo loves nothing more than to be in the water scuba diving. On land, Hugo spends his free time reading books, snowboarding, cycling, and drinking dangerous amounts of espresso. We have also heard he has a slight obsession with Bruno Mars. Nobody’s perfect.
Katie Dunkley-HickenSenior Data Scientist
Katie loves nothing more than taking disparate sources of data and forming coherent and understandable visuals to aid you in your research. Katie holds a Master’s in Epidemiology from McGill University and has performed research investigating the causal impacts of policy introduction on population health outcomes. In her current role, Katie has developed a passion for programming in R and web app development and has a well-rounded aptitude for working in a fast-paced team of data scientists. In her spare time, when she’s not solving complex coding challenges, Katie can be found with a cat in her lap eating Michelin star chocolate desserts.
Robert PlattScientific Advisor
Robert is currently a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, where he also serves as Director of Graduate Programs. As the inaugural holder of the Albert Boehringer 1st Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology, and as a Senior Scientist at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, Robert’s research focuses on biostatistics and statistical methods for pharmacoepidemiology and perinatal epidemiology. Adding to his list of professional endeavors, Robert is also the Co-Principal Investigator and Leader of the Methods team for the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies. Robert enjoys hitting the slopes with his wife and teenage kids. He is known for taking many conference calls from the dog park with his corgi, Maggie.
Alex MeyerJunior Software Developer
Alex is a back-end software developer with a fondness for functional programming. His previous internship gave him experience building applications for cloud-based software as well as developing microservices and API tools in a Node.js environment. At Precision Analytics, he has hopefully also developed a fondness for all programming, since he can be found working on everything from databases to dashboards. Away from the screen, Alex is also a talented videographer and cook, and passionate about the environment.