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

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Debra R. Lappin

Principal - Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

Debra Lappin serves as a principal with Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, where she leads the health and biosciences team, and as counsel with Faegre Baker Daniels. She is recognized across government, academic and nonprofit sectors as a leading strategist in public health and science policy.

Debra consults on innovative precompetitive partnerships, global consortia and other strategic alliances among academic research institutions, voluntary health agencies, government and industry.

Debra brings special expertise in regulatory science where her practice leads a range of initiatives for patient engagement in drug development and in the generation of value models for payment and coverage determinations. In this context, she advises on new tools and collaborations to deliver patient data and the patient insights to inform and enable clinical development and access, including: clinical trial design, endpoint confirmation, regulatory submissions and labeling, development of real world evidence, and benefit design. 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 an ability to translate and synthesize complex scientific information for diverse audiences and to elicit 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 continuing today as a member of the Board of Research!America.

Debra serves clients of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting as a consulting professional, and does not act as a lawyer for those clients. Separately, Debra serves other clients as a lawyer for Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. She can help you decide which services are best for you. Learn more.

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


  • Patient Engagement in Alzheimer’s Drug Development: Disruptive Innovation
    Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Toronto, July 2016
  • Time = Lives: Resiliency – The Potent Ingredient in the Path to Better Health
    Milken Partnering for Cures, New York City, November 2015
  • The Role of the Indiana CTSI: Impacting the Life Sciences Sector, Translating Science Into Therapies
    Co-presenter, BioCrossroads Frameworx, Indianapolis, November 12, 2015
  • Patient Engagement in the FDA Process
    Moderator, FDLI Webinar, September 30, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
    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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