July 14--WORTHINGTON -- New to join the Biotechnology Advancement Center (BAC) is Grazix Animal Health, a family of next-generation natural animal health products based on reactive plant immunity (RPI).
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Grazix products were first brought to the attention of Dr. Randy Simonson, who is now CEO and president of Grazix, a few years ago.
"This product is derived from the company LifeLeaf, and a few years ago a graduate classmate of mine was in the area and told me about this plant-derived product," Simonson explained. "I sort of dismissed it at first until I recognized all of these notable veterinarians who I respect ... use this product."
Simonson said LifeLeaf is a company based out of San Carlos, Calif., that originally developed products for people in third-world countries suffering from enteric diseases. Around 2009, the founders of LifeLeaf had discovered a way to isolate the compounds in living plants that were responsible for healing the plant when it became damaged. Testing began on these compounds on pig farms in China, and significant digestive benefits to humans and animals that consume these nutrients were found.
Thus the idea of Grazix was born, and LifeLeaf still continues to make products for human consumption.
The RPI technology that both LifeLeaf and Grazix uses is patented and FDA-compliant. RPI is the technology that captures and stabilizes a natural-response mechanism so it can be activated by animal or human cellular enzymes, in order to mimic the original phytological process.
"Right now Grazix has two products for swines and another one for calves, but we're in the process in making products for other animals species as well," Simonson said.
The products are taken orally by the animals, and some can even be filtered into the water system from which they drink.
"This technology truly is next-generation," Simonson said. "We have distribution centers in Europe, and are in talks with China and Brazil."
Currently, the Worthington facility has two full-time employees and one part-timer. The Worthington location is primarily for marketing and technical services, but Simonson plans to expand.
"Right now the manufacturing and developing part of the product is still in San Carlos, but the long-term goal is to bring the manufacturing to Worthington," he said.
Grazix Animal Health is in the process of remodeling the two offices it currently rents and hopes to obtain the use of a laboratory.
For more information on Grazix Animal Health, visit www.grazix.com.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.
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