GOVERNANCE

Advisory Board
– Support from leading experts

Dr. Ralf Spindler
Science

Dr. Ralf Spindler received a Diplom-Ingenieur in electrical engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University. He completed a Doktor-Ingenieur with the grade "excellent" from Leibniz Universität Hannover in the field of cryopreservation (accredited as Ph.D. by Foreign Credential Evaluations, www.ece.org). He has co-authored over 20 publications in this area. Furthermore, he has work experience in neuroscience and medical devices.

Dr. Roman Bauer
Science

Dr. Roman Bauer is a research fellow and leader of an interdisciplinary lab at Newcastle University (UK). He studied Computational Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich, where he afterwards did his doctoral studies in Computational Neuroscience. He has co-authored over 20 publications in computational biology including multiple medically relevant topics, and he leads the BioDynaMo collaboration for the modelling and simulation of biological tissue dynamics. His current research focuses on the computational modelling of cryopreservation, in particular neural tissue cryopreservation.

Prof. Dr. Dr. med. dent. Pedram Sendi, PhD
Medicine

Pedram Sendi studied medicine at the University of Basel and Lausanne and Dentistry at the University of Basel and Zurich. In addition, he holds a PhD degree in Health Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His main research activities include evidence synthesis and Health Services Research, having published over 100 scientific articles in this field. His personal interests include the science and clinical application of methods used for life-extension.

Dr. Alexander Gutmans
Legal

Dr. Gutmans is a partner at Walder Wyss (www.walderwyss.com), one of the largest law firms in Switzerland.
He specializes in health care and life sciences and serves both large national and international pharmaceutical companies and start-ups. He studied in Basel, Lausanne and Yale. Dr. Gutmans was admitted to the bar in 1993 and to the notary's office in 2002.

Dr. Francesca Minerva
Ethics

Dr. Minerva is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ghent and author of the book The Ethics of Cryonics.

Her research focuses on applied philosophy, including lookism, conscientious objection, abortion, academic freedom, and cryonics. She has also worked on philosophy of death and personal identity. Dr. Minerva's work revolves around the following set of guiding questions:

- What moral dilemmas currently exist between doctors and patients, and how can we resolve them as fairly as possible?

- What new moral dilemmas are likely to arise from technological progress, and how can we prepare society for them in a way that causes minimal harm?

- Are there any widespread yet unrecognized forms of discrimination in today’s world? If so, how can we best deal with them in pursuit of a fairer society?

- In what ways is death a bad thing, and what might be the implications of an indefinitely long lifespan?

- What is academic freedom, why is it important, and what limits —if any—should we impose on it?

Pasquale Di Cesare
Technology

Pasquale joined IBM in 1994. He managed the Higher Education & Research sector in the French speaking part of Switzerland where he lives.
He participated in the inception, management and negotiation of the IBM’s support of several strategic and long-term projects such as the Blue Brain Project with EPFL (rodent and human brain digital reconstruction and simulation), the CERN’s “open lab” (public private partnership with the computing industry) and the innovative use of IBM’s micro-technology in the very demanding environment of the CERN’s LHC accelerator detectors. Prior to IBM, he worked at CERN as experimental physicist and in several spin-off companies of the Laboratory managing their business development and sales. He holds a Laurea, with the summa cum laude honour, in Physics, obtained at the University of Bologna in 1980 with a thesis developed at CERN and co-authored more than 40 publications in the field of high-energy physics, many of which based on his thesis work. He left IBM in 2015 and he is passionate and optimistic about science and technology progressing humanity. He also fosters the constructive dialogue with philosophy and ethics. His several interests include the study of aging and the potential means to extend human health and life spans.

Dr. Hubert Braendle
Economics

Dr. Braendle studied Business Administration and Strategic Management.
Today he is Investment Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors and supports CryoSuisse in strategic and organizational aspects.