Legacy's process allows you to make your deposit from home, without having to visit a clinic. Developed at the Harvard Innovation Lab, it involves a careful, step-by-step approach to ensuring your assets are transported safely, analyzed, cryogenically stored in secure, temperature-optimized liquid nitrogen tanks, and available to you indefinitely.
How does the process work?
We follow a five step process for our Clients.
Step 1: Becoming a client. When you become a client, you are assigned a unique CLIENTID, meaning that your identity is known only to you and your Legacy Client Service Advisor (CSA).
Step 2: Receipt of the Legacy package. Your CSA ships you a discreet package to the address of your choice, for you to make your deposit at the time of your choice, following the instructions provided to you. The package includes a special buffering medium that keeps your asset viable for up to 48 hours.
Step 3: Pick-up of the Legacy package. Our shipping contact will pick-up the deposit and arrange for overnight shipping to our partner clinics, which have been screened and vetted to ensure they are best-in-class.
Step 4: Arrival at Clinic. Upon arrival at the clinic, the team performs a full analysis on your deposit to ensure its viability. To ensure perfect classification, two practitioners are present at all times, and they exclusively handle one deposit at a time. Your deposit is labeled with your CLIENTID only.
Step 5: Arrival at cryostorage facility. We then arrange cryoshipping of your sample to a cryostorage provider that has been vetted for quality, longevity, and top-tier processes. The shipping is done in a temperature-controlled container via a specialized provider who uses a highly sensitive temperature monitor to ensure no changes in temperature.
If and when you decide to use the sample, we follow the same process to ship your deposit directly to your home, a partner clinic, or a clinic of your choice.
How long do you keep my assets frozen?
The package you select determines the number of deposits you can make and the years of storage you receive - all are fully renewable.
With existing technology, frozen semen can be stored for as long as 50 years without additional sperm deterioration beyond that caused by the original freezing process. In fact, experts believe that sperm can be frozen indefinitely.
How will you keep my assets secure?
Our team works with a 'belt and suspenders' approach to ensure that there are multiple redundancies in place. When was the last time you wore a tuxedo? You had to choose one of the two. We don’t choose - we do both.
Asset diversification: This is known as 'the oldest trick in the investment book.' Our multi-site storage ensures that your assets are stored in multiple geographic locations, typically in multiple tanks, so that you are protected against the long-tail risk of catastrophic failures.
Physical security: Each of our carefully-selected partners use 24/7 state-of-the-art monitoring systems, which record the most minute temperature changes (as small as 0.01 degrees Celsius). Additionally, all tanks are manually monitored on a weekly basis and facilities are under 24-hour security and surveillance. Each facility has on-site back-up and bulk nitrogen storage.
In fact, Switzerland is unique in having enough nuclear fallout shelters to accommodate its entire population, should they ever be needed. Our team is actively exploring opportunities to create a nuclear bunker storage option available for members who want to ensure the absolute longevity and security for their assets.
Strict handling protocols: Any time your deposit is being handled, two practitioners are present at all times. They exclusively handle one deposit at a time. When they are done your analysis, they return your deposit to its storage space.
How will you keep my data private?
As a Swiss company, we ensure the anonymity, privacy, and discretion you would expect from any international banking provider. Unlike most companies, we believe that your data should belong to you.
Confidentiality: Our client list is undisclosed, our partner clinics are bound by confidentiality clauses, and privacy is the foundation of our work. Your data is always encrypted with top-of-the-line encryption and is not shared with any third parties without expressed authorization in accordance with the strictest privacy laws.
Encryption: All electronic data is fully-encrypted and backed up daily with off-site data storage. Your deposit is labeled with your CLIENTID only to ensure your personal information is not shared.
Privacy: We also offer interested clients a 'Privacy Package' to ensure their privacy online and offline. Reach out at any time to discuss how we can help you implement it.
What happens if I die?
We take your privacy extremely seriously. Your assets belong to you and only you. In the case of death, unless expressly authorized otherwise, the assets will be destroyed.
Legacy is the Swiss private bank for your most valuable assets, and to this end we have been guided by three core values since our inception:
Whether you are a Legacy customer is your decision to share, and your data should belong exclusively to you. Our client list is undisclosed and discretion remains at the core of our values. Your data is stored on encrypted servers, shared via encrypted transmission devices, and is not shared with any third parties without expressed authorization in accordance with the strictest Swiss privacy laws. Privacy is the foundation of our work.
With storing your most important assets, there is no margin for error, especially as our customers remain with us for years or even decades. We ensure your assets are stored under the most stringent requirements, including constant and precise temperature monitoring, natural disaster protection, and multiple redundancies including multi-site storage. Further, our partners have been carefully screened and selected to ensure you have access to the leading experts of the world. When it comes to protecting your assets, we do not compromise.
For many of our clients, physical security is paramount. We take extensive steps to ensure the security of your assets to the greatest extent possible, including 24/7 security. The exact storage location of your assets is only shared with you and individuals you authorize, and we do not publicize the exact locations of our clinics.