In a routine analysis, Mayte Corbinos was found to have a virus called Epsteinn-Barr. To the surprise of the doctors, she was perfectly fine, when she shouldn't. They discovered that what allowed her to continue leading a normal life was her habit of consuming seawater on a daily basis. The reason: "Sea water has 81 minerals from the periodic table in a bioavailable form, presenting a very similar composition to the internal environment of our body, which kept my immune system strong and stable," explains Corbinos.
As a graduate in business administration and management and a master's degree in marketing and entrepreneurship, Corbinos saw that she had a business opportunity before her. With the help of Zoser Salamá, a German biochemist with more than 40 years of experience creating products for large pharmaceutical companies, she has developed food supplements based on seawater extract. She markets them under the brand Amar81, for the 81 bioavailable minerals in seawater.
Amar81 food supplements are made in Mataró by a third-party laboratory from organic ingredients. They have been on sale in Spain since the beginning of 2020 through pharmacies, the Amazon e-commerce platform and the Amar81 website. By the end of this year, Corbinos plans to make the leap to Germany, where Salamá is located, and to the United States, as it is the second home of this entrepreneur with American nationality.
The company co-founded by Corbinos for the commercialization of Amar81 products, Blue Ocean Nutrition, was selected as the best valued biotechnology company by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2021 and was subsidized with 35,000 euros to help women entrepreneurs in the ICT sector.
Currently, Corbinos is part of the group of 30 entrepreneurs awarded with a scholarship to train at the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, within the framework of a collaboration between the Foment del Treball employers' association, the American business school Thunderbird, the American consulate in Barcelona and some companies in the technology sector.