AKSO Marine Biotech, Inc. is a leading dry sea cucumber processing company — one of the very few with a long history in Canada. On a mission to provide their customers with products made of high-quality Atlantic sea cucumber, they have been committed to quality, safety and sustainability for decades. Get to know more about them in the following Q&A:
What’s the story behind AKSO Marine Biotech, Inc.? How or why did you start this company?
AKSO Marine Biotech Inc.(AKSO), founded in 1983, focuses on the primary production of dried Atlantic sea cucumber products and supplies bulk products to OEM brands in and outside Canada. In addition, AKSO built the Nova Sea Atlantic® brand for the production of sea cucumbers in 2019 and innovated new products using sea cucumbers.
AKSO has always made every effort to take advantage of marine resources, devoting time and assets to maintain and develop highly scientific and technological standards in conjunction with the industry and product structure adjustment. This ensures our ability to produce highly nutritional products and high-value health products.
Why should people consume sea cucumber? What is it and what are its health benefits?
Sea Cucumber has been eaten for hundreds of years due to its high nutritional value. Atlantic sea cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa) is rich in sulphated polysaccharides, proteins, polypeptides, essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, as well as other valuable nutrients and bioactive ingredients.
Nova Sea Atlantic® sea cucumber capsules are an immune booster. They provide antioxidants that help fight and protect cells against the oxidative damage caused by free radicals. These capsules acquire 100% nutrition from Atlantic sea cucumber, with the advantages of being easy to carry along and convenient for intake. After a long and strict review period, AKSO successfully registered pure Atlantic sea cucumber powder to Health Canada and authorized the product license.
This product is produced from only high-quality raw materials and is designed as an immune booster and source of antioxidants. The capsules contain sea cucumber as a fine powder and revolutionize the human body’s absorption efficiency of nutrients better than eating whole sea cucumbers.
For people who don’t have time or don’t know how to cook sea cucumbers, capsules are an excellent choice to maintain health and wellbeing. Our product ensures you get sea cucumber nutrients anytime and anywhere.
The target customers include seniors, people with compromised immune systems and consumers looking for a natural treatment for their ailments. In addition, for young beauty enthusiasts, sea cucumber is rich in collagen — about 66%.
Why should people choose Atlantic sea cucumber over sea cucumber from other bodies of water?
The Atlantic species is 100% guaranteed wild-caught from the pure Atlantic Ocean — the fishing area is free of pollution, antibiotics and artificial hormones. High latitude, cold water and slow growth are native and ideal conditions.
All sea cucumbers come from the cold depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, close to the North Pole. Compared to farmed sea cucumbers, like the East Asian species, the Atlantic species have a higher content of saponin (an anti-fungal and anti-tumour ingredient), omega-3 and 6, and total amino acids. Our products are processed in a Safe Quality Food (SQF)-certified facility.
What’s the company’s biggest success to date?
There have been a few: AKSO Marine Biotech, Inc. is proud to have been awarded the Best New Product of 2019 Health Care – OTC (Over the Counter) from the Retail Council of Canada’s 27th Annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards.
The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Nova Scotia issued AKSO Marine Biotech Inc. the “Minister’s Award of Excellence” in April 2021.
AKSO Marine Biotech won the “Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge” in June 2021, an industry innovation prize for its use of wild Nova Scotia blueberries in its sea cucumber capsules.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve encountered on the way to building your company?
What’s your vision for the future of AKSO Marine Biotech?
Atlantic sea cucumber is a small species with great value. Currently, it’s mainly sold in dry form as a food category. AKSO is the first Canadian company that’s contributing to research and development using this species.
Besides Nova Sea Atlantic® Sea Cucumber Capsules, AKSO has been developing a series of natural health products using Atlantic Sea cucumber and other premium Canadian ingredients. At the same time, AKSO is conducting research programs with the National Research Council and other reputable Canadian institutes to learn more about the potential of Atlantic sea cucumber as nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals.