Emergence client AKSO Marine Biotech gets $126,000 to help grow sales, pursue new export markets and develop new products.
A Nova Scotia company that produces a health supplement enhanced by wild blueberries has won an industry innovation prize.
AKSO Marine Biotech Inc., based in Hackett’s Cove, Halifax Regional Municipality, is this year’s winner of the Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge. The prize, announced today, June 16, includes $126,000 to help grow sales, pursue new export markets and develop new products.
“There are some fantastic products now on the market made with Nova Scotia’s wild blueberries, and the sector has enormous potential for further growth,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Our department supports this challenge to help innovative companies develop new products and increase their income from Nova Scotia’s wonderful wild blueberries.”
AKSO makes Nova Sea Atlantic sea cucumber capsules, a dietary supplement.
“The entire AKSO team is grateful to be selected to receive this award. Wild blueberry and Atlantic sea cucumber are among the most valuable resources in Nova Scotia. The two products work together to help boost immune function. Creating a unique product from them has been challenging but also very enlightening. The success of our Nova Sea Atlantic Sea Cucumber capsules makes us believe we will continue to create new products and continue development using both ingredients.”
– Guangling Jiao, R&D manager, AKSO Marine Biotech