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debra.lappin@FaegreBD.com1050 K Street NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20001

T: +1 202 312 7496
F: +1 202 312 7441

Education

University of Denver College of Law
J.D., Order of St. Ives (1977)
University of Denver
B.A., magna cum laude (1972)
Meet Debra Lappin

Debra R. Lappin

Principal

Debra Lappin serves as a principal with FaegreBD Consulting, where she leads the health and biosciences team, and as counsel with Faegre Baker Daniels. She consults with public, private and nonprofit entities across the life science sector.

Debra is a creative force in forging innovative public-private partnerships and other alliances that drive research translation and commercialization. She has special expertise in advising on the development of new tools to enable translation, such as disease registries, large integrated databases, bio-specimen repositories and cross-institution affiliations to share data. Drawing upon her understanding of health agency trends, law, ethics and practical funding challenges, Debra is able to deliver advice and creative solutions that position clients to take advantage of the “future state” in the federal enterprise.

Debra is skilled facilitator of scientific meetings, bringing ability to translate and synthesize complex scientific information for diverse audiences and insure collective and balanced input. She is respected and trusted by senior leaders across the nation’s health agencies, having served on advisory boards to the directors of both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as President of the Council for American Medical Innovation and as a member of the Board of Research!America for the past nine years.

Faculty Positions

  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center — Department of Medicine, Adjunct Faculty, teaching biomedical ethics in graduate program for clinical research, 1999-2004

Professional Associations

  • Council for American Medical Innovation — President
  • Research!America — Board Member
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — Former Advisory Committee to the Director
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) — Former Committee on Organizational Structure
  • Arthritis Foundation — Former National Chair and Trustee Emeritus
  • National Library of Medicine — Former PubMed Central Advisory Committee
  • National Institutes of Health Counsel of Public Representatives — Charter Member
  • Institute of Medicine — Former Committee on National Immunization Policy Data Sharing

Presentations

  • Putting It All Together: A Shared, Comprehensive Integrated Global System for Clinic Research
    Panelist, 51st DIA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 17, 2015
  • Pediatric Therapeutic Development: From Policy to Portfolios to Patients
    Panelist, 51st DIA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015
  • Exploring New Avenues to Accelerate Research
    Moderator, Indiana Life Sciences Summit, Indianapolis, October 15, 2014
  • Voyaging to the Future
    The National Library of Medicine Symposium, Bethesda, Maryland, May 14, 2014
  • Winning in Washington: When Your "Legal" Problem Requires a D.C. Playbook
    Panelist, National Association of Women Lawyers Ninth Annual General Counsel Institute, November 8, 2013
  • Promoting Basic Research in a New Age of Communications: Challenges and Opportunities
    Moderator, Research Matters Communications Workshop, Research!America, October 9, 2013
  • Buttressing an Innovation Culture
    Panelist, National Health Research Forum, Research!America, September 12, 2013
  • Advancing New Horizons: Focusing on Collaboration and Public-Private Partnerships
    Panelist, Glaucoma 360 New Horizons Forum, Glaucoma Research Foundation, San Francisco, February 1, 2013
  • Clinical Utility and Patient Centricity
    Austen BioInnovation Institute, Akron, Ohio, April 23, 2012
  • Intellectual Property: The Negotiators' Debate
    Moderator, Partnering for Cures, Washington, D.C., November 7, 2011
  • Medical Innovation at a Crossroads: A National Discussion
    Moderator, The Newseum, Washington, D.C., January 12, 2011
  • Medical Innovation and U.S. Health Care Reform: In Concert or At Odds?
    Moderator, Israel Life Sciences Institute, Tel Aviv, June 2010
  • Designing Innovative Medical Research Systems
    Moderator, Milken Institute Global Conference, Los Angeles, April 26, 2010
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  • Enhancing the Vitality of the National Institutes of Health
    Inaugural Meeting of the NIH Scientific Management and Review Board, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, April 27, 2009
  • Science in the Service of the Economy and America's Health
    Podcast, Research!America National Forum, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2009
  • The 21st Century Patient — A New Partnership With the Biomedical Enterprise
    Joseph Leiter Lecture, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, May 14, 2008

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