Alcor News Bulletin
                    Number 39: June 16, 2005


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                      Authors This Issue:

 Jennifer Chapman [JC], Diane Cremeens [DC], Tanya Jones
 [TJ], Stephen Van Sickle [SVS], Joe Waynick [JW].


 In this issue:

 *   Facility Upgrade Project
 *   New Cryoprotectant Implementation
 *   Transport Vehicle Development
 *   Transport Team Matters
 *   Media and Advertising Update
 *   Database Enhancements
 *   Fundraising Efforts
 *   Membership Statistics
 *   Employment Opportunities
 *   You Can Help!
 *   Next Board Meeting


                   Facility Upgrade Project

 Construction was halted for about 2.5 weeks because our
 architect failed to secure the proper permits. The required
 permits have now been obtained and work has resumed. It is
 unclear as to whether this delay will impact the completion
 date. We'll know more next week when we meet with the
 construction contractor about stepping up the project.

 However, the demolition work that was done is extensive. We
 spoke with the project foreman this week. Plumbers have
 been in to demo the restrooms for ADA compliance. They will
 also be demoing the new scrub room. Electrical and
 underground work is also expected to be started next week.


              New Cryoprotectant Implementation

 Alcor is investigating the licensing and application of a
 new cryoprotectant called M22 for whole-body patients. This
 new cryoprotectant is expected to eliminate the need for
 the combination procedure, where the body and brain are 
 cryoprotected separately. With the new solution, the brain 
 can be vitrified without removing the trunk, and this new 
 procedure (as indicated in previous issues of Alcor News) 
 will be called neurovitrification with whole-body 
 cryoprotection. Implementation has moved forward, and 
 we've completed an inventory review to establish the 
 changes needed to have sufficient chemical inventory on 
 hand to prepare for a standard number of cases.

 Steve Van Sickle has also been assisting Hugh Hixon with
 M22 implementation, checking his figures and estimating
 costs. The cost of M22 will be $143/liter (not including
 the additional ingredient that is still private), with
 whole bodies requiring ~80 liters, and neuros requiring ~10
 liters. B1 washout solution is costing out at $36/liter,
 with 20 liters required for whole bodies and 10 liters for
 neuros. Totals for perfusate are therefore around $12,000
 for whole bodies and $1,800 for neuros. To be prepared for
 8 whole body/8 neuros, as discussed at the last Board
 meeting, would require an order of ~$92,000. (This is in
 addition to the components we have on hand.) [SVS]


                Transport Vehicle Development

 The plumbing is now complete on the vehicle, and a wet test
 has been performed. The system works very well, and we had
 no trouble with the installation. During the test, we noted
 that the temperature in the back of the vehicle was quite
 warm, and so we fired up the air conditioner to cool things
 down to tolerable levels. Unfortunately, the air
 conditioner broke after a couple of hours, something that
 may be an artifact of its sporadic use. We delivered the
 vehicle to a local contractor for evaluation of the six
 individual alarm indicators and repair. The problem turned
 out to be a simple loose wire in the circuitry, and the air
 conditioner now works again.

 The vehicle is currently in the hands of an electrical
 engineer, who is tasked with getting the generator,
 inverter, and batteries installed. Installation should be
 complete by the end of this week. This project is nearing
 completion, and we're very much looking forward to the
 deployment of this vehicle in a cryopreservation case. [TJ]


                    Transport Team Matters

 Since the last report, we've held two training sessions,
 one in southern California covering the set-up and use of
 the ATP. The second was in Laughlin, NV, where we provided
 a refresher on medications, surface cooling, safety
 precautions, and an overview of the new transport equipment
 we plan to deploy in the next month. New equipment being
 deployed includes improved safety equipment designed to
 reduce the potential for needle-stick injuries and an
 inspiratory impedence device that we hope will improve the
 quality of circulation during cardiopulmonary support. [TJ]


                Media and Advertising Update

 The May/June issue of Cryonics magazine was delayed in
 production but was mailed June 10th. We are faced with some
 unexpected challenges with the July/Aug issue, but it
 should be mailed in the month of July. Establishing a
 regular schedule and increasing the subscription base are
 our main goals for this year. Content improvement and an
 expanded authorship are priorities as well, but it will
 probably be several more issues before we really start
 showing success in these areas.

 Within a few weeks, we will have 3,000 pre-packaged
 instructional DVDs about cryonics and Alcor ready for
 distribution. We plan to send one to each member's
 household and to begin including them with the information

 We continue to collaborate with our graphic designer on an
 ad for Life Extension Foundation magazine. The editor of
 The Director (a monthly magazine for funeral directors with
 nearly 15,000 subscribers) is agreeable to an article about
 cryonics for the purpose of educating funeral directors.
 Alcor will work with Steve Rude, our local funeral
 director, on the article.

 In May, Alcor participated in the following media events:

 *  WDR Radio, to air in Germany: General information about
 cryonics and Alcor.

 *  Carte Blanche, to air in Africa: This is a 60-minutes
 style program with the theme of preserving life.

 These media events were cancelled or declined:

 *  National Geographic: National Geographic decided to
 cancel the entire series of which cryonics would have been
 a part.

 *  Fast Company: They were considering a segment about how
 Alcor operates as a business but did not want to sign our
 Usage Statement.

 Alcor is currently in discussions with the History Channel,
 and two production companies in the UK that want to do
 documentaries that include footage of a cryopreservation, a
 reporter from the Toronto Special Newspaper, and a
 production company in California that wants to do a
 reality-based series about Alcor. [JC]


                    Database Enhancements

 A contractor was retained to complete the coding necessary
 to import data files downloaded from the internet directly
 into the Central Database for the purpose of automated
 capturing of info pack requests and tour request data. It
 is complete with sophisticated error handling routines,
 event logging, data archival, backup capability, mailing
 label generation, and a dashboard user interface.

 These upgrades will completely eliminate all manual labor
 previously necessary to carry out these routine and tedious
 tasks, thereby enhancing the productivity of the
 administrative and marketing staff. [JW]


                     Fundraising Efforts

 Our launch of the fundraising program has been pushed back
 a month due to various priorities. The magazine with the
 launch appeal will be in the mail in June. Pledges
 collected to date still stand at $10,000. [JW]


                    Membership Statistics

 On May 31, 2005, Alcor had 750 members on its Emergency
 Responsibility List. Eight memberships were approved during
 this month, one membership was cancelled, none were
 reinstated, and no members were cryopreserved. Overall,
 there was a net gain of seven members this month. We have
 an average net gain of 7.4 members per month this year to
 date, which compares favorably to last year's average of
 4.3 members per month. Also of note is that of the eight
 approvals this month, five of them are friends or relatives
 of existing Alcor members.

 At the end of this month, Alcor had 82 applicants for
 membership. There was a net loss of seven applicants with
 eight membership approvals, three incoming applicants, and
 two people withdrew from the application process.

 During the month of March, 90 information packs were
 distributed. Of those, 84 were mailed, and 6 were handed to
 facility tour participants. Our average for 2005 has grown
 to 84 per month, compared to 50 in 2004. We also had 693
 subscribers to Alcor News as of May 11. [DC]


                   Employment Opportunities

 We have a need for a dielectric vinyl welder to assist with
 the completion of a prototype ice bath. If you know a vinyl
 welder or are one yourself, please contact Bill Voice
 ) for more information on this project.

 Have you ever thought about joining the Alcor team? We have
 immediate needs for licensed Paramedics, Emergency Medical
 Technicians, Registered Nurses, Lab Technicians and more to
 join our nationwide Transport Team. Participation would be
 on a contractual basis.

 You'll be given cryonics training that will enable you to
 participate in our patient rescue and transport cases.
 Licensed professionals do not have to be Alcor members to
 work with us. We welcome your expertise and interest. If
 you're interested, send your resume to:


                         You Can Help!

 Alcor's research and development does not have the benefit
 of large government grants, private foundations, or a huge
 fundraising organization to raise the millions of dollars
 necessary to develop much-needed technology and protocol
 enhancements. What we do have are loyal, dedicated members
 like you who have a personal interest in the success of

 Alcor has a long and proud tradition of innovation and
 technical excellence in the field of cryonics. This will
 continue to be our overriding mission in the years ahead.
 Yet, the organization is only as great as its people,
 starting with its supporters. Membership dues and
 cryopreservation cases cover just 60% of our annual budget.
 The remainder must come from generous individuals within
 our small community.

 You can help achieve that success with your tax-deductible
 contribution to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. We
 have many projects that would benefit from your generosity.
 You can also make a credit card donation TODAY by calling
 Alcor at (877)462-5267 ext. 101. Or you can mail your check
 to: Alcor Life Extension Foundation, 7895 E. Acoma Drive,
 Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

 Your generous gift will help create a more secure Alcor, so
 we can be there for your future, as well as the future of
 your friends and family who also belong to our small
 community of cryonicists. [JW]


                     Next Board Meeting

 The next Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 9,
 2005, at 11:00 AM (MST).

 Board meetings are typically held on the first Saturday of
 the month at the Alcor facility (7895 East Acoma Drive in
 Scottsdale, AZ). Members and the public are encouraged to


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