IO Frontiers World 2019

Meet the Team

Michael Adeniya, Event Director

Michael Adeniya,
Event Director

Mike is our resident ideas man, with a genuine passion for fostering partnerships in the industry.

With more energy than the duracell bunny and a bigger grin than the cheshire cat, you'll be hard pushed to find anyone more enthusiastic about how we can help your business!

Talk to Mike about…

- Working with Phacilitate
- Introductions to your peers
- Rugby
- Snowboarding

James McGough, Portfolio Director

James McGough,
Portfolio Director

James loves talking about what’s on the horizon for Advanced Therapies – what regions, topics, audiences, challenges, opportunities are on your mind? 

He’s passionate about ‘win-win’ partnerships and collaborations that will accelerate the commercialisation of cell, gene and immunotherapy.

Talk to James about…

- Partnerships
- New ideas!
- Sports, Music , Good Food & Travelling

David McCall, Content Director

David McCall,
Content Director

A founding member of Phacilitate, David has grown up alongside the cell & gene therapy sector and is passionate about helping to drive its future evolution

Talk to Dave about…

- Developing conference agendas
- Speaking at our events
- Blues guitar
- Trout fishing

Kim Barnes, Event Manager

Kim Barnes,
Event Manager

Kim has more bubbles than the champagne we serve! Combining a passion for partnerships, a wealth of knowledge in the advanced therapy industry and a genuine flair for creative event formats, Kim is your go-to guru for content and audience engagement.

Talk to Kim about…

- Immuno-oncology/precision medicine
- Festivals
- Chocolate

Will Gilbert, Commercial Manager

Will Gilbert,
Commercial Manager

Will is dedicated to helping biopharma pioneers make the partnerships they need to bring the next wave immuno-oncology therapeutics to market.

Talk to Will about…

- Immuno-oncology partnerships
- Manufacturing Automation
- Coffee
- Bass guitar

Emma Sykes, Operations Manager

Emma Sykes,
Operations Manager

Emma is our go to for all things operational, ensuring all logistical elements are delivered to create a seamless onsite experience.

Talk to Emma about…

- Operational requests
- Your stand requirements at Phacilitate World Leaders Forum
- Yoga
- Travelling

Peter Harkness, Commercial Manager

Peter Harkness,
Commercial Manager

Peter helps our Cell & Gene Therapy partners to maximize their return on objectives. He is committed to delivering value and providing excellent customer service.

Talk to Peter about…

- Your vision, offering and challenge
- How to partner with Phacilitate
- Treading the boards

Eva Veghelyi, Marketing Executive

Eva Veghelyi,
Marketing Executive

Eva is the digital guru of the marketing team, with a particular interest in design and website production.

Talk to Eva about…

- Digital marketing
- Cord Blood & Perinatal Stem Cells track
- Video editing
- Vegan lifestyle & cooking

Ash Shirkhan, Commercial Manager

Ash Shirkhan,
Commercial Manager

Dealmaker and heartbreaker! Believing that there’s always another step he could take when going the extra mile, Ash lives and breathes our mission statement; the Power of Partnerships.

Talk to Ash about…

- Cell & Gene Therapy sponsorship
- The NBA
- Formula 1
- How to sell ice to an eskimo

Jeremy Roden, VIP Relations Manager

Jeremy Roden,
VIP Relations Manager

Jeremy is our VIP relations manager, a witty Welshman who uses his charm to connect the advanced therapy industry.

Talk to Jeremy about…

- Our VIP meetings schedule
- Automation Report and Phacilitate Training
- Food
- Washboard abs

Sabrina Shammas Gonzalez, Marketing Assistant

Sabrina Shammas Gonzalez,
Marketing Assistant

When she's not munching away on cookies (being the star baker of the office), Sabrina works creatively in creating a social experience with a keen interest in new technologies and design.

Talk to Sabrina about...

- Partnering tool
- Social media
- Media partnerships
- The proper way to drink whisky

  • "Great venue to solidify and harmonize on the current challenges facing this sector - in real time. The caliber of the speakers and session contents was premier. “
    Dolores Baksh
    Innovation Leader, GE Healthcare
  • “A great event to learn about the hurdles that are needed to be overcome to get through the clinic.”
    Devin Bridgen
    Scientist, strategic partnerships, SQZ Biotech
  • "It was a great opportunity to share current data and thinking about the development of therapeutics directed at modulating the immune response to cancer."
    Lance Leopold
    Vice President, Head of Oncology Development, Incyte Corporation
  • "Phacilitate provides a unique forum, bringing together research, process development, and commercial leaders on the cutting edge of cell, gene, and immunotherapy. A great conference for anyone wanting a comprehensive view of the field."
    Dr James Trager
    Vice President, Research & Product Development, Dendreon
  • “In the rapidly moving Advanced Therapy market, Phacilitate remains one of the premier events.”
    David James
    CEO, Scinogy