Natural Products Association Awards

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NPA 2013 Award Recipients
This year during NPA's Annual Business Meeting at Expo East, members and supporters will gather to salute those dedicated individuals who have contributed to the association and the natural products industry. Both individuals and companies are honored in various fields of achievement including science, the environment, the legislative arena and more. NPA is proud to present the award recipients for 2013.

President's Award
Scott Bass
Washington, D.C. 
The President’s Award recognizes an individual who has made long-time contributions to the natural products industry, or has made a one-time, uniquely significant impact on the industry. This year’s winner is Scott Bass, who heads the Sidley Austin LLP Global Life Sciences team, coordinating pharmaceutical, medical device, food and dietary supplement matters in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is ranked internationally among the top authorities on FDA-related enforcement and regulatory issues, and has led audits and investigations involving off-label promotion, pharmacovigilance, PDMA, GMP, and fraud and abuse issues, as well as DEA and FTC matters. Scott has also acted as an expert on an EU Commission panel, an advisor on new China drug and device legislation, and as an advisor on an FDA dietary supplement website. Scott’s work defending clients has earned him acknowledgement in numerous industry publications.

Burton Kallman Scientific Award
Paul M. Coates, Ph.D.
Bethesda, Md.
The Burton Kallman Scientific Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions that have benefited the natural products industry. This year’s recipient, Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His major research interests for many years focused on inborn errors of human lipid metabolism. Dr. Coates conducted some of the early studies of fatty acid oxidation disorders in infants and children. With an international team of collaborators, he was responsible for defining many of the genetic defects of human mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation. He also has studied the metabolism of intestinal and hepatic lipoproteins in people, to identify the metabolic defects in inherited hyperlipidemias. These studies have led to a new understanding of the role of environmental factors, such as diet, in the manifestation of genetic disease. He has written more than 100 publications, and has edited two books in these areas of research.

Rachel Carson Environmental Award 
William McDonough 
Charlottesville, Va.
The Rachel Carson Environmental Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment. The winner for 2013 is William McDonough, a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. Trained as an architect, McDonough's interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular. Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a "Hero for the Planet," stating that "his utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that-in demonstrable and practical ways-is changing the design of the world." In 1996, McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation's highest environmental honor, and in 2003 he earned the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. He has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention.

Industry Champion Award
Industry Champion Awards recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond commercial success.There are two recipients for 2013.
  • Mark Blumenthal, Austin, Texas. Blumenthal is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. He is the editor/publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal, the contents of which reflect the educational goals of ABC.
  • Pat Sardell, Corvallis, Ore. Sardell is co-owner of Country Vitamins, an independent retail dietary supplement store in Corvallis, Ore. She was actively involved in the efforts to pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Sardell has served on the NPA Board of Directors since 2000, currently as the immediate Past President. She also served simultaneously as a member of the board of directors for Northwest Region from 1999 through 2006, and as an executive officer and chair of numerous committees.

Clinician Award
David Winston
Broadway, N.J.
Clinician Awards
are presented to health care practitioners whose work exemplifies the best standards and dedication to responsible holistic, non-invasive and integrative, complementary and alternative medicine modalities. This year's winner is David Winston, an herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He has been in clinical practice for over 34 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Winston is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known lecturer and author, and frequently teaches at medical schools, symposia and herb conferences. In addition, Winston is a founding/professional member of the American Herbalist Guild where he has served four terms on the Board of Directors. He also is on the American Botanical Council's Advisory Board.

Socially Responsible Retailer Award
The Socially Responsible Retailer Award recognizes NPA member companies that excel in integrating social responsibility in multiple aspects of their businesses including volunteerism, education, employee empowerment, environment and health. This year’s honor goes to Nature's Bin in Lakewood, Ohio. What makes Nature’s Bin a truly unique natural products store is that it’s a nonprofit operated by Cornucopia, a vocational training program for people with disabilities. Opened in 1975 as The Bin, a 500-square-foot farmers’ market–style store, The Bin provided a place for these people to learn vocational skills by working in a real work environment. Nature’s Bin boasts a dedicated customer base, myriad product offerings and, most notably, consistent double-digit sales growth.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to individuals outside the natural products industry who served as allies to the natural products industry in the political and legislative arena. There are two recipients for 2013.
  • Edward Long, Ph.D., Washington, D.C. Dr. Long is an expert in health appropriations and policy, becoming a vice president with Van Scoyoc Associates Inc. in January 2009, following a distinguished and varied career in appropriations and public health consulting and on Capitol Hill. During the last decade and a half, Dr. Long has built a substantial government affairs practice in health and education policy and appropriations.
  • Jack Martin, Washington, D.C. Martin is a former FDA executive, congressional staffer and long-time political consultant who specializes in health, drug and food policy. He played a key role in the passage of DSHEA into law and he is a longtime defender of the dietary supplement industry.