Stability & Maintenance

Long-Term Patient Storage

Patient facility

Storage Location

Tomorrow's patients are stored in the underground part of the European Biostasis Foundation's (EBF) facility in Rafz, Switzerland. Switzerland was chosen as the location for patient storage because of it's socio-economic stability and because it has strit oversight over non-profit organizations to ensure that they stay mission aligned. Additionally, Switzerland has a low risk for all types of natural disasters.
Procedure

Entering Long-Term Storage

Gain an understanding of how you will enter long-term patient storage to begin your wait for the future.

01.

Transport to the facility

After one of our medical standby teams completes the onsite cryoprotection procedure, you will be transported to the long-term care facility. If the facility is within reasonable driving distance, then you will be transported in one of our standby ambulances. Otherwise, you will be transported by plane with dry ice insulation.

02.

Final cool down

Once at the facility you will be placed in a cool box that slowly cools you down to liquid nitrogen temperature (-196°C). This process takes around 1 week to minimize thermal stress.

03.

Cryogenic dewar

After the cool down you will be placed in a cryogenic dewar filled with liquid nitrogen. Cryopreservation maintenance does not use any electricity, it only requires occasional refill of liquid nitrogen.
Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know

Here are the most common questions related to the long-term storage of our patients.
How long will I be cryopreserved for?

There is no time limit to how long you can be cryopreserved for, both from a biological and a financial standpoint. The majority of cryopreservation funds go to a patient care trust called the Tomorrow Patient Foundation (TPF). The TPF puts the funds into very low risk investments that yield 1-2% above inflation every year. This return is more than enough to pay for the running costs of keeping patients cryopreserved. With this system, our patients can remain in cryopreservation for however long it takes until future medical technology can treat them. This is the same system that has been used to successfully keep patients cryopreserved in the US for over 50 years, despite multiple financial crises.
Does anything need to be paid by my relatives while I'm in cryopreservation?

All funds for the cryopreservation procedure and indefinite long-term storage of a patient must be available (via life insurance, etc.) at the time of their legal death. Nothing is paid after a patient is in cryopreservation. Our plans already include all the funds needed for indefinite long-term storage, as explained in the question above.
Can I visit the storage facility?
Yes, it's possible to visit the storage facility in Rafz, Switzerland. If you are interested in visiting please contact us so that a visit can be organized.
Can my relatives visit me while I'm in cryopreservation?
Yes, it's possible for your relatives to visit the facility in Rafz, Switzerland to see the dewar where you are stored. However, since EBF is also a research facility, these visits cannot occur spontaneously and must be scheduled before hand.
What happens to patients if there is a power outage?

Cryopreserved patients would not be affected by a power outage. Only liquid nitrogen (no electricity) is used to maintain cryopreservation, which secures the patients against power outages.
What happens to cryopreserved patients if Tomorrow Bio ceases its operations?

Our cryopreservation plans were carefully constructed with the long-term security of patients in mind, so they would be unaffected if Tomorrow were to cease operations. Tomorrow’s cryopreserved patients are stored at the European Biostasis Foundation (EBF) in Switzerland. EBF is a non-profit organization with complete financial independence. The funds to keep patients cryopreserved are managed by a patient care trust which is a non-profit private benefit organization. This means that cryopreserved patients would not be affected if Tomorrow ever ceased its operations.
How is the European Biostasis Foundation set up for long-term stability

The European Biostasis Foundation (EBF) is a Swiss non-profit organization which means it's subject to more strict governmental oversight than non-profit's in most other countries. Specifically, the Swiss government ensures that non-profit's stay mission aligned and do not change from the purpose for which they were founded. This means that EBF must stay true to it's mission to advance Biostasis science and provide secure long-term storage. Additionally, EBF's statutes and bylaws are optimized for long-term stability (i.e. vote quorums, self amending board). EBF is entirely financially independent from Tomorrow Bio and receives regular generous donations for its research endeavours. All members of the board of EBF are highly intrinsically motivated with a long-term involvement in the field and receive no financial incentive for their board position.
How is Tomorrow Patient Foundation set up for long-term stability
People involved in the management of the Tomorrow Patient Foundation (TPF) must be signed up for cryopreservation and/or have loved ones currently in cryopreservation. Additionally, members of the TPF receive no financial compensation which means the organization has no overhead costs and only attracts people who are highly intrinsically motivated to keep our cryopreserved patient stable and secure.
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