Alcor’s Wealth Preservation Trust

A new presentation has been added to the Alcor conference which will be of interest to many Alcor members. Dr. Michael Riskin will be joined by Tanya Jones to discuss Alcor’s wealth preservation trust. This trust is intended to enable Alcor members to protect their assets while in cryopreservation and includes special provisions addressing the long-term financial needs of Alcor members. The presentation will provide a brief history of how this trust was developed and update you on its current status. There will be an overview of the financial aspects of the trust and how it is structured, including the ways it differs from other perpetual trusts.

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Peter Thiel pledges $3.5 Million to antiaging research

Peter A. Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of online payments system PayPal, Founder and Managing Member of Clarium Capital Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund, and angel investor in social networking site Facebook, has announced his pledge of $3.5 Million to support scientific research into the alleviation and eventual reversal of the debilities caused by aging, to be conducted under the auspices of the Methuselah Foundation, a charity co-founded and Chaired by Dr. Aubrey de Grey.
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Christopher Polge Dies

Christopher Polge, who died on August 17 aged 80, attained scientific eminence at a remarkably early age: his discovery, whilst still a doctoral student, of how to preserve living cells and tissues at very low temperatures solved a long-standing and intractable problem in biology.

This breakthrough not only formed the basis for the new science of cryobiology but has also had profound and continuing practical implications for agriculture and medicine.

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Odds and Ends

Last Minute Cases
This month we have dealt with 2 possible last minute cases. Both of these
presented problems, one with significant post-mortem times, and so were
turned down. They were both “post mortem”. These sorts of call seem to
have the uncanny habit of coming on the weekend or late Friday. One of
the above mentioned calls came on Labor Day.

Wealth Preservation Trust Progress
We completed another round of answers on the draft for our trust attorney.
The draft should be made available for the Board and our local counsel
before the October conference. We’re still hoping to have one of the
presentations at the conference be on this wealth preservation issue and
the state of the trust development, but have not yet heard a definitive
answer. We’re holding a 30 minute speaking slot open for this purpose, and
should have an answer on this by the end of next week.

Pet Cryopreservation
The companion animal of one of our members was placed into our care when
the cat died suddenly. As is often the case with pet care, this was a
straight freeze; and the procedure was carried out with no complications.
Alcor now has 30 pets in its care.

Engineering and Research Developments

Significant progress is being made in the construction and programming the new whole body perfusion system. Orders have been made with local contractors for components that will not be made in house.
This system represents a significant improvement both our current whole body clinical capability and our research prospects. In particular, improved data collection will increase our ability to learn from cases, and improved cooling will greatly reduce exposure to cryoprotectant at the higher temperatures at which it is most toxic. This is one of the projects mentioned in the fund raising letter for the Bina and Martine Rothblatt Matching Grant program, and would not be possible without their support and the support of all who made matching contributions.

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Annual Board Meeting Results

On Saturday, September 9, Alcor conducted its annual board meeting. All directors and officers were re-elected.

The results were as follows:
Board of Directors
Saul Kent
Jerry Lemler, MD
Ralph Merkle, PhD
Carlos Mondragon
Michael Riskin, CPA, PhD (Chairman)
Michael R. Seidl, PhD, JD
Stephen J. Van Sickle
Brian Wowk, PhD

Officers
President/Executive Director
Stephen J.Van Sickle
Vice President
Michael Riskin, CPA, PhD
Secretary/Treasurer
Joseph Hovey

Reminder: Board Meeting Saturday, Sept 9

This Saturdy, we are having our annual general Board Meeting here at the Alcor facility in Scottsdale. Five of the eight Board members will be attending in person, so this is a great opportunity to meet them and grill them with your questions, comments, and concerns. The meeting begins at 11:00 am Arizona time, and lunch will be served.

Alcor Conference: Rates increase 09/01

The 6th Alcor Conference
October 6-8
Scottsdale Marriott in Scottsdale, Arizona
REGISTER NOW to take advantage of the reduced rate of $395. Rates increase September 1st.
Is it possible to stop aging? Will nanomedicine and medical nanorobots dramatically extend the human lifespan? Can cryopreserved human beings be revived in the future and what impact would result? Join us to hear distinguished speakers present their provocative insights into anti-aging, life extension research, nanotechnology, organ preservation, cryonics and more.

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Alcor Conference: Sponsorships Needed

Alcor’s annual conference is approaching, and it is our hope that you will join us as a sponsor in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Scottsdale Marriott. Our conference theme this year is “An Inside Look at the Science and Medicine of Tomorrow” and the audience is expected to be comprised of 200 or more people. We appreciate your consideration of acting as a sponsor to further the objectives of the non-profit Alcor Foundation.

Make your sponsorship donation today by contacting me toll-free at 877-462-5267 ext. 113, as sponsorship opportunities may reserve quickly. To learn more about the conference, visit www.alcor.org.

Contact: Jennifer Chapman
Email:
Phone: 877-462-5267 ext. 113

SPONSOR LEVELS
Platinum – $15,000 (max. 2 sponsors)
Sponsorship of the dinner on Saturday, October 7th with these benefits:
• Recognition in marketing materials
• Full-size ad in conference program
• One page flyer or brochure of your choice in conference bags
• Two complimentary conference registrations and hotel rooms
• On-site sign and verbal recognition throughout conference
• On-site exhibition, if desired
• Thank you and ad in Cryonics magazine following the conference

Gold – $10,000
Sponsorship of opening reception on Friday, October 6th with these benefits:
• Recognition in marketing materials
• Half-page ad in conference program
• One page flyer or brochure of your choice in conference bags
• One complimentary conference registration and hotel room
• On-site sign and verbal recognition throughout conference
• On-site exhibition, if desired
• Thank you and ad in Cryonics magazine following the conference

Silver – $5,000
Sponsorship of the barbeque on Sunday, October 8th with these benefits:
• Recognition in marketing materials
• Quarter page ad in conference program
• One page flyer or brochure of your choice in conference bags
• One complimentary conference registration (hotel separate)
• On-site sign and verbal recognition throughout conference
• Thank you and ad in Cryonics magazine following the conference

Bronze – $2,500
Sponsorship of breaks or Saturday luncheon with these benefits:
• Recognition in marketing materials
• Business card size ad in conference program
• On-site sign recognition at events
• Thank you and ad in Cryonics magazine following the conference

Copper – $1,000
Available at select times during the conference with these benefits:
• Recognition in marketing materials
• On-site sign recognition
• Thank you in Cryonics magazine following the conference

All Contributions are Welcome. Smaller donations will be recognized in
Cryonics magazine following the conference

Cryonics Magazine

The Fall issue of Cryonics magazine will focus on ethics. We are seeking an Alcor member to profile who can talk about an ethical dilemma that was faced relevant to the decision to become an Alcor member. We will conduct a 30-minute interview by phone, and we ask that 4 or more photos be supplied for the article.

Anyone who is interested can contact Jennifer Chapman for more information (, 877-462-5267 ext. 113). We are also interested in hearing from anyone interested in writing articles for this or future issues.

Watch Alcor News for announcements about upcoming themes.