Head of Agriculture Programs
Milton Park, UK
Neil has over 15 years of experience in insect biotechnology, and currently leads key product development programmes for agricultural pest insects. Following a PhD at Oxford University – during which he developed the self-limiting platform in the cotton pest, pink bollworm, and worked with US Department of Agriculture researchers in the first field trials of a genetically engineered insect in Arizona cotton – Neil has managed projects from early discovery to field testing, with a focus on agricultural pests, recently working with Cornell University to conduct the first US field trials of a self-limiting insect, this time with diamondback moth. Neil currently oversees the development of Oxitec products for fall armyworm and soybean looper, two very significant pests of broad-acre crops in the Americas and beyond. Neil also leads Oxitec’s communications.