Life Data Labs – Dedicated to Equine Nutrition Research
Life Data Labs, Inc., a family owned business, has been in existence for 40 years. Founder Dr. Frank Gravlee has an extensive background in equine medicine. He graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine and practiced veterinary medicine before attending graduate school at MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During a three-year residency in nutritional pathology, he received a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and intermediary metabolism. Prior to founding Life Data Labs, he spent six years in the field of nutritional and clinical pathology.
Life Data Labs was established in 1978 with the purpose of determining equine nutritional deficiencies by performing laboratory tests. Dr. Gravlee began developing his database from horses owned by his clients. He profiled each horse and developed individualized feeding programs to correct the deficiencies or excesses. The horses were retested every six months to one year to fine-tune the nutrient composition of the diet. In order to continue his self-financed equine research, Dr. Gravlee developed Farrier’s Formula®, a commercial product formulated to improve the dermal tissues (hoof, hair, mane, and tail) of the horse. It was the first product of its kind to be marketed. In fact, the concept of “feeding the foot” was so new that many early customers of Farrier’s Formula® phoned to ask Dr. Gravlee, “How many times a day should I rub the green pellets on my horse’s hooves?”!
Life Data Labs has evolved from a modest one-product, single market company into a multi-million dollar manufacturer of a line of equine products, all of which provide a scientific approach to external hoof care. The modern facility allows Life Data Labs to continue to manufacture the outstanding products that have come to be a part of its reputation. The equine research facility and the state of the art laboratory allow the company to develop new and effective products for the equine market. Life Data Labs is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. ISO (International Organization Standardization) certification is recognized worldwide as a mark of excellence. In addition to ISO certification, Life Data Labs is a GM Free Certified Manufacturing Facility, and the flagship product, Farrier’s Formula®, carries the Vegetarian Seal.
Marketed worldwide, approximately one half of the company’s sales are international. Life Data Labs plans to continue to provide horse owners with new products that work and are based on scientific research.
Photo: Dr. Frank Gravlee, the founder of Life Data Labs