Candace Lerman, Esq.

Director

Candace Lerman, Esq., is an attorney, consultant, and author of the rare disease blog, RareCandace.com. She earned her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Health Law at the Shepard Broad School of Law at Nova Southeastern University and a certificate in Healthcare Compliance from Seton Hall University School of Law. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. Candace researched and repurposed a drug to put her rare blood disorder into remission twice! Inspired by her struggle of living with Immune Thrombocytopenia, she launched the ITP Patient Driven Research Initiative, which works with multiple stakeholders to improve treatments for the ITP community. She works closely with members of Congress on federal healthcare policy and can often be found on Capitol Hill. 

Besides practicing law, Candace consults on projects for pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations on topics ranging from patient registries, natural history studies, clinical trial design, patient engagement, Real World Evidence, and patient assistance programs. Coming from a diverse background as both an attorney and patient, she provides unique insights while breaking down the silos that plague drug development.