At Iconthin, we systematically assess and select novel methodologies grounded in academic research to set the bar for astaxanthin extraction from Haematococcus pluvialis in quality and environmental sustainability at industrial scale.
In 2016, the team successfully established a hydrothermal method of astaxanthin extraction, which at the time was revolutionary, resulting in near-complete astaxanthin extraction from wet biomass. This was a significant improvement over traditional extraction methods.
In 2017, the team demonstrated a low pressure supercritical CO2 astaxanthin extraction method that reduced the extraction time by another 1800-fold, resulting in the fastest low-pressure astaxanthin extraction in the world. The results are now well known in academia and published in Green Chemistry, Lab on a Chip, and other top scientific journals.
With a state-of-the-art microfluidic platform, we are proud to have achieved in-situ observation and quantification of microalgae processing at the cellular level, which provides much more information and data not available through traditional extraction methodology. Based on this valuable data, the team engineered biochemical processes and optimized them through each step of the microalgae production, starting from microalgae strain selection, mass cultivation, metabolites extraction and purification, assuring the high quality of our product.
The team at Iconthin is continuously making leaps in the development of advanced downstream processing techniques that result in outstanding products.
Multiple publications and international exhibitions
Iconthin research group is well known in academia, and has multiple publications in Green Chemistry, Lab on a chip, Angewandte Chemie, Bioresource Technology, among other top scientific journals. Our research is well received and widely accepted in prestigious academic conferences and received esteemed awards, such as Algae Biomass Submit (the world’s biggest annual microalgae conference) and International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (Organized by Elsevier – renowned global scientific journal publisher).
As the main product of Iconthin Biotech, AstaDaily® has been showcased in a number of major international exhibitions such as the annual CHFA trade show (organized by Canadian Health Food Association). Recently, AstaDaily® was well received at the United Nation Green Fair and World Ocean Conference.