Welcome to The Conafay Group


Since 2004, we have helped a wide array of life sciences companies and organizations advance their research and policy goals by harnessing the power of the federal government and building strong bridges to philanthropic, non-profit, academic and commercial entities. In just a few short years, we have successfully secured nearly $1 Billion in funding and services for the clients we represent.


15
Team Members

200+

Years Combined Experience

$1 Billion

Nearly $1B in funding and services secured

A unique ability to cultivate
federal funding opportunities

Our Story

The Conafay Group was founded by Stephen Conafay in 2012 after many years of leadership and management experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Today, our team includes scientists and policy experts, as well as former industry executives and federal staff, who together offer a wealth of scientific and policy expertise in issues relevant to the life sciences and biotechnology industry. We have an intimate understanding of the non-dilutive funding landscape, healthcare and innovation policy, federal government needs and priorities, and commercial/institutional partnering opportunities.
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Our Story

Our Expertise

Unmatched expertise…
specialized skills…
trusted relationships

Our Expertise

We assist life sciences companies and organizations in harnessing the power of the federal government to advance their funding, research and policy objectives.

We also bridge ties to philanthropic, non-profit, academic, and commercial entities to enhance client outcomes. Our team specializes in representing small and large pharmaceutical and biologics companies to the federal government and associated stakeholders.
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Proud of the company we keep

Our Work

We identify and target novel funding opportunities, synergies between client technology and federal needs, and policy issues that affect life sciences companies. In so doing, we provide our clients with a unique competitive advantage in the federal and non-federal funding market. Our clients include some of the most respected names in their fields, including:

• Pharmaceutical companies
• Biotechnology companies
• Medical device companies
• Industry coalitions
• Universities and non-profit organizations
• Patient advocacy organizations
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Our Work

Our Expertise

Our people…
your advocates

Our Team

We are your advocate in Washington. With over 150 years of combined experience in government relations and the life sciences and biotech industry, we know the issues and know how to effectively target them to set your company apart from the competition. With expertise in both the political process and scientific areas of interest to funding entities, we are able to clearly and effectively communicate the language of science to public officials and key decision-makers.
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Our Story

The Conafay Group was founded by Stephen Conafay in 2012 after many years of leadership and management experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Today, our team includes former federal government officials, engineers, scientists, policy experts, and industry executives with scientific and policy expertise in issues relevant to the life sciences and biotechnology industry. We have an intimate understanding of the non-dilutive funding landscape, healthcare and innovation policy, federal government needs and priorities, and commercial/institutional partnering opportunities. Learn More…

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Our Expertise

We assist life sciences companies and organizations in harnessing the power of the federal government to advance their funding, research and policy objectives.
We also bridge ties to philanthropic, non-profit, academic, and commercial entities to enhance client outcomes. Our team specializes in representing small and large pharmaceutical and biologics companies to the federal government and associated stakeholders. Learn More…

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Our Work

We identify and target novel funding opportunities, synergies between client technology and federal needs, and policy issues that affect life sciences companies. In so doing, we provide our clients with a unique competitive advantage in the federal and non-federal funding market. Our clients include some of the most respected names in their fields, including: Learn More…

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Our Team

We are your advocate in Washington. With over 150 years of combined experience in government relations and the life sciences and biotech industry, we know the issues and know how to effectively target them to set your company apart from the competition. With expertise in both the political process and scientific areas of interest to funding entities, we are able to clearly and effectively communicate the language of science to public officials and key decision-makers. Learn More…

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Specialized Services


  • Non-dilutive funding

    Federal Government Relations

    Ally Development

  • Health Policy Advocacy

    Coalition Management

    Academic Research Program Development


Team Members


Stephen Conafay

Principal

Steve Conafay has 35 years of leadership and management experience in government relations, public policy and communications. As the sole principal at The Conafay Group, he oversees all client servicing. While leader of the bio-life science practice at Fabiani & Company, he oversaw more than $810 million in non-dilutive financing awarded to clients.
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Marily H. Rhudy

Executive Vice President Full Bio

Jessica Kenyon

Vice President Full Bio

Sarah Landry

Consultant Full Bio

Dana Marston

Director of Operations Full Bio

Edmund Pezalla, MD, MPH

Consultant Full Bio

Gregory J. Davenport, PhD

Vice President Full Bio

Julie P. Paweczyk

Vice President Full Bio

Gaylon Morris

Consultant, MorSolutions Full Bio

Erica L. Woodward

Director of Operations and Client Relations Full Bio

Jacki Hostetter

Consultant, MorSolutions Full Bio

William Franco

Vice President Full Bio

Brian Pfister, PhD, MBA

Vice President Full Bio

Elizabeth Anne Smith, PhD

Principal Somax Consulting Full Bio

Evangeline Smith

Project Manager Full Bio