In all of his years as a teacher, Max Gottlieb has always been critical of labs and companies that use science to make a quick buck. One of the companies he criticized the most is Dawson T. Hunziker & Company.
But guess who's willing to offer the old man a job in his time of need? Dawson T. Hunziker & Co is actually really enthusiastic about getting a scientist of Gottlieb's caliber.
A lot of Gottlieb's old rivals totally revel in the fact that he's come crawling to the world of business for a job. "That's what you get, Gottlieb!" they think to themselves.
Gottlieb is actually blown away by the facilities that Dawson T. Hunziker & Co gives him to lord over. His assistant is not some kid, but a highly trained bacteriologist like himself.
While working at Hunziker & Co, Gottlieb finally finishes the work he's been doing for the past twenty years. He discovers a type of antitoxin that can cure all sorts of diseases. He reveals this discovery at a fancy dinner and people cheer for him.
Here's the problem, though: Hunziker wants to patent the new antitoxin and make a bunch of money off it. Gottlieb's ethics, though, are against patenting something that can save countless lives.
He doesn't give Hunziker permission to turn his research into a commodity.
Hunziker actually sympathizes with Gottlieb. But the fact remains that Hunziker & Co can't continue to exist unless it has some sort of revenue. So Hunziker wants to patent and sell the stuff anyway.
Gottlieb moves his family into a smaller house in preparation of losing his job.
Luckily for Gottlieb his youngest daughter Miriam is completely loyal to him and will do whatever it takes to help him stand by his morals.
Just when old man Hunziker starts to threaten Gottlieb, Gottlieb receives a message from the McGurk Institute of Biology in New York, offering him a job. The McGurk Institute is a place where scientists can pursue science for its own sake.
Just like that, Gottlieb drops his job at Hunziker and joins the team at McGurk.