We build things that matter for science and medicine in order to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Nancy J Kelley + Associates New York

We build things that matter for science and medicine in order to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Tackling large projects successfully
in a difficult environment
Tackling large projects successfully in a difficult environment

We are committed to accelerating scientific and medical breakthroughs by creating teams that are tailored to each project through our extended network of partners.

This work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Nature, Science, Forbes, Wired, STAT, MIT Technology Review, Huffpost, Fast Company and BioTechniques, amongst other publications. How We Work

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Nancy J Kelley, JD, MPP

President & Chief Executive Officer of Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Nancy J Kelley, JD, MPP

President & Chief Executive Officer of Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Nancy J Kelley, JD, is a nationally recognized executive who has driven key strategic initiatives in science and medicine for over 20 years. She has a deep understanding of the healthcare, life science and research fields and has in-depth knowledge of the related legal, business, government, non-profit and academic sectors in NYC and across the country.

Ms. Kelley's prior leadership history includes work in scientific institutions, life science companies and life science real estate development. She is a Founding Member of NYC Builds BIO+. She is a member of the Founding Leadership team of the international scientific project GP-write and the associated Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology, and helped to launch the Biodesign Challenge. Ms. Kelley was the Founding Executive Director of the New York Genome Center and a lead executive in the development of the East River Science Park (now, Alexandria Life Science Center) in Manhattan. She has overseen major development projects for clients such as Harvard's McLean Hospital, NIH, Johns Hopkins, and MIT.

Ms. Kelley also acquired years of experience in growing life science companies from start-up through development into established enterprises as a former corporate securities partner at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale).

Ms. Kelley has served on Boards for the New York Genome Center, The Jackson Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Whitehead Institute.

She holds an AS from Manchester Community College, a BA from Yale College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School. She has been appointed both a White House Fellow and Truman Scholar.


More on Nancy

In Her Own Words

In Her Own Words




Nancy on the Nature Biotechnology
First Rounder Podcast


"Nancy J Kelley, founder and chief executive of Nancy J Kelley + Associates, a consultancy creating and developing projects and institutions for science and medicine, touches on establishing the East River Science Park, excelling at Yale as a young mother of three and why one must take risks in life."


Nancy's story on faster cures

Meet the Team


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David J. Whelan

David J. Whelan has devoted his career to building successful businesses, from strategic, operational, financial, and human capital standpoints. He currently focuses on business strategy, marketing and branding, and operations. He has a strong analytical and quantitative background, coupled with deep strategy and team-building skills. He is as comfortable developing and positioning new organizations for success as he is helping improve the performance of established businesses.


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Nancy Bocanegra

Nancy Bocanegra is a Digital Strategist who creates strategies to engage target audiences by cultivating relationships using digital and social media platforms. Nancy spent almost a decade in operations and relationship management using Digital Marketing tools and resources to expand outreach and facilitate workflows for Academic Institutions.


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Dr. Dirk J. Evers

Dr. Evers has been active in biotechnology and science for more than 15 years. He is recognized as an expert in bioinformatics and DNA sequencing technology with applications in molecular biology and precision medicine. He has found a second vocation in project managing the construction of R&D and diagnostic laboratory buildings for pharma and biotech.


Bhakti Kulmala of Bhakti Creative

Bhakti Kulmala

Bhakti Kulmala is a designer, brand creator, and digital strategist with over a decade's experience in helping people and organizations both in the US and Europe to clarify and communicate their message and services online. She combines a mindful Scandinavian design sensitivity with a bold, innovational approach from her US marketing experience.


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Kate McDonough

Kate McDonough focuses on business development and project management at NJK+A. Kate has built her career developing young companies in the biotechnology and software spaces. Previously, Kate worked at Hive, a project management software backed by Comcast and based in 1 World Trade, New York City.


Joe Abadi Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Joe Abadi

Joe is an experienced finance executive including 10 years investment banking and private equity experience. He began his career at JP Morgan & Goldman Sachs, followed by 5 years in Private Equity focused on real estate. In addition Joe has worked as CFO of a regional offshore bank. Currently, Joe assists PE owned portfolio companies with capital raising, including financial modeling, the creation of private placement memorandums, investor outreach and investor management.


"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."


Marcel Proust, French Novelist, Critic, Essayist

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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

Marcel Proust, French Novelist, Critic, Essayist

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