From the throes of his death bed, Dutch pharmaceutical entrepreneur
and megalomaniac Mordecai de Paauw reflects on his life as the
co-founder and CEO of Farmacon: the first company to standardize
and distribute the contraceptive pill worldwide. With the future of
his family business threatened by Hitler's precipitous rise to
power and his sexual exploitation of the factory's women soon to be
exposed, he struggles to keep his vision afloat, forcing him to
choose between his own misguided impulses and his ethically minded
An incisive psychological portrait of the inseparable bond between
ruthlessness and unbridled capitalism, THE HORMONE FACTORY weaves
questions of scientific integrity, sibling rivalry, and sex into a
narrative that is as troubling as it is illuminating.
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