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Empowering Innovation.
Advancing Science.

Government Relations for the Life Sciences.

A big idea is only the beginning.

Partnering with The Conafay Group will:

Expand Your Network

Help You Navigate the Federal Government

Increase Your Chances of Securing Funding

Insights In Your Inbox.

Discover high-level insights into The Conafay Group and our approach to helping life sciences companies, universities, and other organizations advance their research and policy goals by harnessing the power of the federal government.

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Policy/Appropriations  |  Academic Research Development  |  Non-Dilutive or Grant Funding  |  Coalition Management

Our Expertise

Academic Research Development

The Conafay Group works with academic institutions to implement tailored and dynamic government funding strategies for their human health research portfolios. We form partnerships with federal, non-profit, commercial, and other academic entities to enhance outcomes for our clients.

Policy and Appropriations

We introduce clients to key policymakers in Congress and Executive Branch agencies. These range from introductory meetings to elevating critical issues. We guide our clients through the annual appropriations process, whether creating a new line item, seeking a plus-up to an existing account, or assisting with Federal Community Projects (i.e., earmarks).

Non-Dilutive or Grant Funding

We expedite your growth without sacrificing your equity or authority. We help you expand and evolve your endeavors from basic research through advanced development, manufacturing, and procurement. We work with you to develop a strategy to identify and pursue the most promising funding opportunities across the federal landscape.

Coalition Management

We develop and manage coalitions that harness the collective power of like-minded entities toward achieving a shared goal. Coalitions can be an effective advocacy mechanism to amplify a common voice to decision-makers.

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Our Leaders Are Well Connected.
Now You Will Be Too.

Stephen R. Conafay

Stephen R. Conafay

Principal

Marily H. Rhudy

Marily H. Rhudy

Executive Vice President

Jessica Kenyon

Jessica Kenyon

Senior Vice President & Managing Director

Dr. Erik Wolf

Dr. Erik Wolf

Vice President

Darin Gardner

Darin Gardner

Vice President

Julie Pawelczyk

Julie Pawelczyk

Vice President

William A. Franco

William A. Franco

Vice President

Dr. Kristen Herring

Dr. Kristen Herring

Vice President

Dr. Brian Tse

Dr. Brian Tse

Vice President

Brian Pfister, PHD, MBA

Brian Pfister, PHD, MBA

Senior Advisor

Learn how our expertise in the federal funding landscape can propel your mission forward.

The Proof is in the Results

Academic Research Funding

$100M in Federal Funding for Academic Research in the Last 7 Years

Policy & Appropriations

Secured Multiple Provisions for Clients
in the 21st Century Cures Act

Non-Dilutive Funding

$860M in Federal Funding Secured
in the Last 5 Years

Coalition Management

Currently Managing 8 Thriving Coalitions Uniting Dozens of Life Sciences Companies

Learn how our expertise in the federal funding and policy landscapes can propel your mission forward.

 

A Network Wired for Success

Learn how our expertise in the federal funding landscape can propel your mission forward.