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Who founded the EBF?

The European Biostasis Foundation was founded by a group of 6 people who have been involved in the field for decades. Learn more about the founders under Board of Trustees.

EBF in a nutshell

The European Biostasis Foundation (or "EBF") is a Basel-based research foundation focused on Biostasis research and education. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation and is controlled by a Board of Trustees. The EBF operates a biomedical research facility currently under construction in Rafz, Switzerland.

What is Biostasis?

Biostasis is a biomedical procedure that uses leading-edge technology to preserve and protect tissue against degradation for decades or centuries.
It uses low temperatures and special protectants to slow biological processes to practical standstill, providing time for future medical technology to become available.

What research projects does the EBF conduct or support?

The foundation supports a large variety of internal and external research projects. Projects include the discovery and testing of new vitrification solutions, processes for cooling and warming as well as novel quality assurance concepts and metrics.

How is the EBF unique?

The EBF understands itself as a challenger in the field of biostasis. The three main factors of uniqueness will be a focus on building highly professional operations, a global focus starting with Europe and Asia and a long-term research focus to improve quality.

What research projects does the EBF conduct or support?

The foundation supports a large variety of internal and external research projects. Projects include the discovery and testing of new vitrification solutions, processes for cooling and warming as well as novel quality assurance concepts and metrics.

What about biostasis services?

Biostasis services will be provided by new separate organizations which will collaborate with the EBF.

How does biostasis work from a technical perspective?

In a nutshell, biostasis is achieved by a cryoprotective agent and very low temperatures. During vitrification, the cryoprotectives are infused into the tissues, organ or body, thereby replacing fluids with the protective solution. The cryoprotectant serves as an "antifreeze" and prevents fluids from freezing to ice crystals which would irreparably destroy the cells.

Where can I get more information?

We will continuously add more information here and on our blog. Additional we recommend the following: https://www.biostasis.com, http://cryosuisse.ch and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biostasis. For even more information, we recommend one of our conferences or meet-ups.

Can I meet / visit in person?

Absolutely, we are happy to meet in person and hear from you. Either in our offices in Basel, Switzerland or Berlin, Germany or at a conference or meetup. If an in-person meeting is difficult for you, we regularly organize community conferences calls. Please contact us for details.

How can I donate?

Please contact us directly via email at info@ebf.foundation or by phone under +41 61 511 80 89.

What will be done with my donation?

All donations will be used to support our research in the field of biopreservation. In certain cases donations can be made for specific purposes. Please contact us.

Is the EBF open to all nationalities?

Yes, the EBF is open to all nationalities - or in other words: “From Switzerland to the World”

What does the homepage background image depict?

The image is a light microscopy of nerve cells of the cerebral cortex which is an important brain structure we aim to preserve.