Dr Royal Lee

  • Dr.
    Royal Lee

    Dr. Royal Lee, D.D.S, founded Standard Process in 1929. Raised on a farm near Dodgeville, Wisconsin, his interest in science and nutrition began early at the local elementary school. At age 12, he compiled a notebook of definitions on biochemistry and nutrition, and he began collecting books on these subjects. What started as a hobby continued throughout his lifetime to eventually become part of the Dr. Royal Lee Memorial Library. Dr. Lee graduated in 1924 from Marquette University Dental School in Wisconsin. While attending the university, the importance of nutrition became his primary interest. A paper he prepared in 1923 outlined the relationship of vitamin deficiency to tooth decay and showed the necessity of vitamins in the diet. His research led to the development of CATALYN©, a vitamin concentrate derived from whole foods. Introduced in 1929, CATALYN© became the nucleus of a complete line of nutritional supplements at the Vitamin Products Company (known today at Standard Process). Dr. Lee believed the key to maintaining the quality of nutritional supplements was a unique manufacturing process. He designed high-vacuum, low-temperature drying equipment to preserve the living enzyme systems of the whole foods. From a small two-room facility, the Vitamin Products Company evolved into the present company we call Standard Process Inc. in Palmyra, Wisconsin. Standard Process is still family-owned and operated. The company is continually growing, building on expert research and quality manufacturing first imposed by Dr. Lee. In fact, his cold-processing technology remains a crucial part of Standard Process' supplement production. In addition to his work in the nutrition field, Dr. Lee was the inventor of a wide variety of dental, mechanical, automotive, and electrical equipment. He filed over 70 patents for all types of equipment, processes, advanced electrical motors, speed governors, and food products. For more information on Dr. Lee and Standard Process products, call 800-848-5061, or visit their website at