Biostasis2021 Conference Results

Day 1

Biostasis2021 Conference started on the 22 October at 10 am. All attendees and speakers met in the main Auditorium of Careum Auditorium, an event location in the heart of Zurich. Since last year’s edition was online, all participants were glad to finally have the chance to meet in person and network.

Biostasis in Australia and China

The first speaker after Emil’s opening remarks, was Peter Tsolakides, Founder, Director and Chairman of Southern Cryonics. Tsolakides spoke of the business model and legal framework used for their Biostasis facility, built in 2020 in Dover Heights, Australia. The facility will receive the cryogenic storage dewars in less than a month and will be able to store up to 600 patients.

  1. At Yinfeng institute, family members have full access to every step of the cryopreservation process. If they want, they can watch the procedure.
  2. After the process is completed, the family often makes a little ceremony, leaving food and flowers in front of the dewar containing the cryopreserved relative. Organizing a sort of “funeral”.

Organ cryopreservation and Biostasis law

Dr. Ramon Risco Delgado, Professor at the Engineering University of Seville, was this year’s third speaker. At last year’s conference, he talked about two problems related to organ cryopreservation. This year he explained how they managed to solve their first problem (3D CPA mapping) with the use of High intensity Focused Ultrasound. He and his students are now concentrating on the second problem: how to obtain a fast and uniform rewarming of a whole organ. His presentation was followed by several questions both from the attendees on site and online.

Alcor Life Extension Foundation’s progresses

In the afternoon, Michael Benjamin, Research Associate at Advanced Neural Biosciences, presented some very interesting Preliminary Results from the Alcor Meta-Analysis Project. Benjamin has been analyzing Alcor’s patients since its very beginning and creating an online portal with all the extracted data. This portal will be useful to improve cryopreservation processes by understanding the best cases. Additionally, it will give an idea of how to better target people interested in Biostasis. The Alcor Life Extension Foundation is currently the biggest Cryonics company by number of members both cryopreserved and subscribed. This project will surely produce interesting and useful insights.

Day 2

After a first day filled with interesting talks and high engagement of the on-site and online public, the attendees met again on the morning of 23 October for the second day of talks and presentations.

Future predictions

First speaker of the second day was Dr. Roman Bauer, lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey. Dr. Bauer talked about the future and opportunities of cryopreservation, not only for cryonics but also for cells, tissues and organs. He showed computational predictions and simulations from the data he and his team collected and integrated with machine learning.

Dr. Emil Kendziorra on EBF and Tomorrow Biostasis

After Wood’s talk, Dr. Emil Kendziorra took the stage. He represented EBF and Tomorrow Biostasis, talking about their specific roles and responsibilities in the European Biostasis sphere.

Wealth management and best practices

In the afternoon Rafael Hostettler, founder and CEO of the Humanoid Robot company Devanthro, presented a topic that many were waiting for. Hostettler talked about strategies that Biostasis members could consider, before being cryopreserved, to assure economical wealth after their revival. In fact, once patients are declared legally dead, they lose the ownership of their wealth. What can they do to keep some wealth aside, considering that the future economical scene will probably be different from the current one? Some tips: choose goods whose value has been always increasing (like gold, diamonds, art pieces). Donate part of them to museums, with the hope of receiving them back after revival. Make low risk and long term investments. Consider possible environmental and social changes. Divide your resources.

Day 3

On the last days, attendees and speakers had a chance to visit EBF’s facility. Two busses drove the people interested to the construction site in Rafz, about half an hour from Zurich. Dr. Emil Kendziorra showed people around, answering all questions.

Conclusion

By the end of the three days, all the speakers and the attendees were excited about the insight they gained from the Biostasis2021 Conference. The talks were interesting and very promising and the Biostasis worldwide community had a chance to meet, share and network. Engagement and commitment were high, both from the on site and online attendees, who participated with a great amount of comments and questions to the speakers.

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