Phacilitate Leaders World

Conference speakers

Neil Canavan

Neil Canavan

Scientific Advisor, Solebury Trout

Neil joined the Trout Group in 2014. Prior to joining, Neil was a freelance journalist specializing in science and medicine, writing for such news outlets as WebMD, Medscape, The Scientist, and Drug Discovery and Development magazine. In addition to his scientific advisory role at Trout, Neil currently serves as a contributing editor to The Oncology Business Review.

Neil holds a master’s degree in molecular biology from Rutgers University. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, gardening, keeping tropical fish, reading comic books, and playing pinball.

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Neil's fun facts 

  • Neil is author of 'A Cure Within' 
  • Favourite comic writer is Mark Millar (Kingsman, Chrononauts etc) as 'he is endlessly inventive, and the good guys always win' 


  • Real thinking forward combining experts in the field from manufacturing, regulatory and value vision” – “great network with strong experience and sharing risks & opportunities
    Anne-Virginie Eggimann
    bluebird bio
  • Great program, great people, great venue.
    Klaus Kühlcke
  • Dynamic, interesting and highly interactive event that promotes exchange and networking in highly specialized field of gene therapy.
    Nathalie Clement
    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
  • 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
    Chemelot Campus B.V.
  • Great way to expand network with global experts in cell and gene therapy who are facing similar challenges.
    Steven Goodman