At an industrial park in San Leandro, a small group of artists, scientists and tech enthusiasts are trying to sell an alternative to death: cryonic suspension. The company, Transtime, preserves the recently deceased in liquid nitrogen under the assumption that one day the frozen cadavers can be revived.
“We’re offering people hope,” said Steven Garan, Transtime’s chief technology officer and a UC Berkeley researcher. “What’s the alternative? Cremating the person or putting them in the ground? There’s no hope there.”
Transtime is one of four cryonics operations in the U.S., and its proximity to Silicon Valley should make it the most popular. But the company has had a hard time getting bodies in the door.