The NPA Speakers Bureau

The Natural Products Association (NPA) Speakers Bureau features NPA leaders who are industry veterans with decades of legislative, regulatory and scientific experience. They can provide expert insight on a variety of topics for the media, and are available for speaking engagements at meetings, conferences and seminars, as resources and priorities allow.

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List of Topics

• Grassroots efforts and industry advocacy at the federal and state levels
• Regulatory structure surrounding natural products
• The science of natural products
• Dietary supplements, foods, personal and home care products
• Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and certification
• Defining natural
• Health and wellness
• Trends in the natural products industry

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. is Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest trade organization representing the natural products industry, including dietary supplements, foods, personal care products and more. He is responsible for implementing board policy for the advancement and protection of the natural products industry, while overseeing every aspect of the association’s programs and activities. Most recently, Dr. Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he directed agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. While with the agency, he successfully navigated the large, heavily-matrixed governmental organizational structure to bring life to a regulatory function that was non-existent for almost 20 years. Prior to the FDA, Dr. Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory and scientific matters. Dr. Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009. Pharmacognosy is the study of drugs derived from natural sources (plants and animals). He has also published extensively and is internationally recognized for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research.

Corey J. Hilmas, M.D., Ph.D., oversees the development and implementation of all educational, scientific and compliance programs (cGMP, Natural Seal, TruLabel, and others) at the Natural Products Association (NPA) and provides guidance on clinical issues, public health, ingredients and regulatory compliance. Dr. Hilmas, a medical doctor with a degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology, joined NPA after having served as Chief of the Dietary Supplement Regulation Implementation Branch within the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for more than two years. In addition to managing enforcement related to cGMPs, labeling, claims, dietary ingredient safety, and imports/exports, he was a federal expert witness on label claims and dietary ingredient safety and received multiple FDA awards for enforcement initiatives. Dr. Hilmas also served as Senior Toxicologist for dietary ingredients at the FDA. Prior to his service at the agency, Dr. Hilmas was the Responsible Official for Biological Select Agent Toxins and principal investigator for the U.S. Army. Dr. Hilmas gained an interest in dietary supplements while investigating the efficacy of two dietary ingredients ? galantamine and huperzine-A.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in biochemistry and molecular biology.