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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

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

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

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

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

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

  • "The event reflected the fantastic growing enthusiasm around cell and gene therapy, including small and large companies, investors and regulators. It was great to see everyone so engaged and so positive. The event really gives you the “pulse” of what is happening right now in cell and gene therapy."
    Anne-Virginie Eggimann,
  • “Great program, great people, great venue.”
    Klaus Kühlcke
    Managing Director, EUFETS GmbH
  • Dynamic, interesting and highly interactive event that promotes exchange and networking in highly specialized field of gene therapy.”
    Nathalie Clement
    Associate Director, Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida
  • "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
  • "It was all business. I’ve never been to an event where over 80% of the conversations I had were constructive to my business objectives."
    Kurt Gielen
    Acquisition & Business Development Manager, BioMedical Materials, Chemelot Campus B.V.
  • “Great way to expand network with global experts in cell and gene therapy who are facing similar challenges.”
    Steven Goodman
    Director, Strategy and Engagement, GSK