Russia -- Chernobyl Catastrophe
After the Chernobyl catastrophe, the Russian government directed a group of scientists in the Far East of Russia (on the Pacific) to develop a product rich in alginates.
The scientists then proceeded to test their product on victims surrounding Chernobyl, and other volunteers for general health benefits. In all, numerous official studies were done over a five year period.
This product was named and was brought to the Russian general market several years ago by a group of Russian entrepreneurs who understood its unique properties and potential.