X-Message-Number: 13456
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 12:54:25 EDT
Subject: CryoTransport etc.

Peter Christiansen (#13452) wrote:

>Apparently both Alcor and CI intend to use Cryo Transport to perform the
>initial suspension procedure which would mean the quality of the actual
>suspension for members of either organization would be the same.

>CI currently offers a whole body suspension for $28,000 but does not
>offer a neuro option. Alcor charges $120,000 to $150,000 for a whole
>body, and $50,000 or 42% the cost of  a whole body suspension for a

>It is my understanding that long term storage maintenance funding at CI
>is based on an estimated average annual growth (or draw) of 5%, and at
>Alcor on an estimated average annual growth (or draw) of %2. Either of
>which of course is very conservative compared to the average annual
>growth rate of 10% in the major financial markets in the past century.

>All this being so, it would seem that it should be possible to offer a
>competently performed neuro suspension, and long term storage, for 
>$12,000 to $15,000.

First, CI intends to offer CryoTransport services (and any other similar 
services, plus any improved CI services) to CI members, as options, if and 
when that becomes possible. At the moment, CryoTransport availability (based 
on public information) appears to be at least a year away, and the cost 
unknown but probably (my guess) much higher than any current costs--more than 
$35,000 for the initial procedures alone. If I am wrong, I'll be glad to have 
better information. 

Second, CryoTransport, even if it materializes as hoped, will not by any 
means solve all problems. Aside from the probably high cost, the delays in 
arrival of traveling teams, and the unreliability of local volunteer help, 
are difficult problems. 

And again, thanks for the kind messages from many of you about Mae.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society


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