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    Is This Really A Cure Forum?

    i come here almost everyday to read cure topics but the more i read the more i come to this conclusion: yes a cure is possible but at least 10 years from now and maybe not even in our lifetime. what news has been good for us lately? sure, little things here and there but no big piece to the puzzle. i'm 22 and been injured for a few years and recently i think the reality of paralysis is setting in. ever since being it it's always been said "3-5 years." i know we can't have an exact timeline or magic bullet cure but everyday that goes by and adds up. i'm getting out of the thought of this will be over soon. the facts is that it will not. we don't even have trials going. we are the few who got screwed by being in this situation and have to find a way to deal with it, that being acceptance, denial, hope or death and so on. this isn't a rant but an observation of what i read and see. i try coping everyday but as we all know it's very difficult. i'm sorry if anyone's mad but i needed to express my thoughts...Jay
    Today is one day closer to The Cure

    "My new, happy life"

    I think that people's perception of the term "cure" is different. For me the term "cure" implies any biological or physical therapy that will get me closer to a complete recovery. There is no "magic bullet." Recovering from a spinal cord injury is something I will work at for the rest of my days, if need be.

    And this thought process does NOT imply that I won't live my life while I do it. If I have to go to France to get acupuncture, I'll learn French on my way there. Warriors still can have family. We are soldiers at war.

    And it also implies working to fight the aggravating slowness by which medical practices tend to move. My urologist STILL won't tell me to take cranberry tablets. And I think my physical therapists are probably still denying the fact that I can walk in braces, even when I walk back in the door.

    The slowness to change is due in part to ligitation, and in part due to our own acceptance of the standard quo.

    Eric Texley
    Eric Texley


      biggest mistake

      the biggest mistake of the SCI Community is to think SCI research isolated the remaning of the medicine . this kind of thinking is crucial strategical mistake.

      How do you mark 20 years of AIDS? With mourning, surely, for the 22 million lives from San Francisco to Nairobi that acquired immune deficiency syndrome has stolen: Ryan White, Rock Hudson, Arthur Ashe, Alvin Ailey, Rudolf Nureyev, Randy Shilts, Elizabeth Glaser, Keith Haring, Liberace and all the emaciated, sunken-eyed nameless victims. And you mark it, too, with horror that last year 5.3 million people worldwide-14,500 a day-were newly infected. In the developed world, you probably also mark 20 years of AIDS with a sense of hope that the carnage of the early plague years may be behind us, thanks to drugs that have turned AIDS into a chronic disease that you live with rather than die of, at least for a while: after all, advertisements for the medications show young, buff HIV-positive men climbing mountains. And maybe you also commemorate June 5 with a trace of smugness. We closed bathhouses, sent every U.S. household a pamphlet called "Understanding AIDS" and preached safe sex, with the result that, in the United States, new HIV infections peaked at 150,000 a year in the mid-1980s and then plunged to 40,000 in every year of the 1990s. When 1997 brought the first report of a decline in AIDS deaths in America... well, we thought the worst was over.
      the other ares of the medicine is more or less

      Im always asking and wondering this question "what will shape our future".This is the most important question. Because %80 of the 250.000 paralaysed person are young person.If you find a goal you can withstand the disability.So ın my opinion the question "what will change our future "is more important than the cure.I still believe that science will do this.In my opinion ANOLOGOUS a flood of volcanes a lot of good things will begin to flow and rescue suffering millions.



        lets no also fall into the trap in believing just because no cure for Aids or Cancer means we deserve to stay paralyzed until everything else is cured first.

        jay you are right. as picky as they are about topics, maybe a second look at the name of this forum. maybe change the name from cure to excuses or maybe a cure after all planets are aligned or guess the number im thinking of between 1 and 99999999999999999999999999999999999 then we will release a cure.


          Jay, the 3-5 year time line for a *cure* is wishful thinking. While I believe that first generation therapies that are or soon be in clinical trial may restore some function to some people within the 3-5 year period, they will by no means be the *cure* that I think you are referring to.

          We have had many discussions on these forums about the timing for the *cure*. Reports of scientific advances are being reported almost on a daily basis. Reasons for why things are slow have been discussed, perhaps ad nauseum. The important thing is that all the information is out there so that people can judge for themselves. Everybody has a different perspective on how long it would take.

          As DA said recently, trying to predict the cure is a little like trying to predict who will end up in the Sugar Bowl. Sure, we all have our favorites and wishes. But nobody has a crystal ball.

          What I do know for sure is that the pace is picking up. Tomorrow, we will hear about another major new advance. Next week, another one. These add up. In the meantime, many clinicians are talking about clinical trials. Treatments that were discovered only a year or two ago are beging discussed for clinical trial. We are beginning to understand better what works and what does not work.

          While many of us believe that combination or sequential therapies will be necessary to achieve optimal functional return, there is no consensus about what the best therapies are. The therapies that Dr. Cheng and Dr. Kao are using, as well as the Russian neurosurgeons who are transplant fetal stem cells, are all shots in the dark. They are trying the best therapies that they believe in. Dozens of clinical centers in the United States and around the world are beginning to get into the game by casting their lot of various therapies that are ready for trial.

          Please understand that there are several hundred scientists around the world who believe that a cure is possible and trying many different therapies. Many of us are trying to accelerate therapies to clinical trial by raising money, working hard to fill critical holes in the field that must be filled in order to get therapies into trial, and lobbying our leaders to make sure that opportunities such as embryonic stem cells are not shut off.

          While I cannot predict when a cure will arrive, I can tell you with confidence that it will arrive faster if we have more and better researchers working on the problem, have more clinicians committed to clinical trials of spinal cord injury therapies, and have the participation of many drug companies. All these are happening, all within the last two years.

          Finally, it will be very difficult to move some of these therapies faster along the track. Many will stall for scientific or funding reasons. Others may get lucky and leap ahead. To me, the only solution is to have many tracks of research and try to lubricate as many of them as possible.




            Global :Mıamı ,C.R, SCS and all others accepted as one organization. my aim is to set globol scı market busıness plan to attract the drug companies ,hospitals etc.In my opinion we are the market not different than the market given below.

            this example downloaded from ınternet.The only thınk that we do is to edit and adap it to SCI basis

            1.0 Executive Summary
            Machine Tooling is a Kansas City, Kansas based company, whose mission is to be successful by effectively utilizing the philosophies of high quality, advanced techniques, and customer service.
            Over the past two years, Machine Tooling has worked very hard to build its infrastructure and the systems to handle a significant amount of business. We have worked aggressively to construct walls, make electrical advancements, and other leasehold improvements to establish the business. Additionally, the company has configured a staff who is equipped to handle many tasks. These individuals are highly qualified and experienced.
            The company has designed and built machines and automated systems that are ready for market. To compliment this, we have developed strong working relationships with our customers and plan to further this area by continuing to offer customers value-added improvements and vertically-integrate the business to support these improvements.
            Machine Tooling has a management team with direct knowledge of the industry, extensive research experience, and unique administrative skills. The company's management team consists of people with broad backgrounds in manufacturing, automation, and finance. The management staff consists of Mr. Peter Newton, CEO, Mr. John Abbot, president, and Mr. Chris Manuel, vice president of Marketing.
            Projected revenues for 2000 to 2002 are $1.9 million, $4.1 million, and $5.3 million, respectively. To continue in a steady pattern of growth, Machine Tooling plans to attract a larger customer base and be in a more attractive negotiating position. To provide the financial strength needed for the company to achieve its goals, Machine Tooling has decided to go public.
            The company is seeking $500,000 for expansion purposes. These include:
            · Marketing of new product lines.
            · Growth into new markets.
            · Purchasing additional equipment.
            Going public will have a positive effect on Machine Tooling's sales ability. Replacing the company's debt will afford the opportunity to reduce the overall burden rate. This will give Machine Tooling a competitive advantage when compared to similar-sized companies because they are carrying debt. With this expansion and improved burden rate, Machine Tooling will be a stronger force in the manufacturing industry marketplace. The financial strength that will be achieved with this type of expansion will give Machine Tooling the capacity to establish a larger, more diversified customer base which will generate increased sales revenue. This is an exponential growth opportunity for the company

            1.1 Mission
            The company's mission is to be successful by effectively utilizing the philosophies of high quality, advanced techniques, and customer service.
            1.2 Keys to Success
            It is important that the company continues to provide superb customer service and fast delivery. At the same time, the company's further success will depend on securing new customers in the served market niches.
            2.0 The Company
            Business Description
            Machine Tooling has been operating in Kansas City since May, 1989. We are a Kansas Limited Liability Company (LLC). The company occupies 10,000 square feet of manufacturing area, including offices for administration, engineering, and a quality assurance area.
            Overview of Technology and Products
            Machine Tooling was formed to provide full-service, close-tolerance contract machining of machine and tooling components, production machining, and automation of production lines. The diverse manufacturing equipment at our facility accommodates versatility and allows the plant to operate self sufficiently.
            Managerial expertise and industry experience have helped the company to show profits every year since its inception. During the last three years, the company further entrenched its position in its market niche, which resulted in healthy financials that can be seen in Table 2.1.

            2.1 Company History
            Machine Tooling was founded in Kansas City in 1989 on the basis of providing quality machine tools for selected industries. The owners had worked in this field for several years and had established multiple business contacts who helped the company pick up major business accounts. By 1999, the company's revenues reached $1.5 million, and the management realized that further company growth would be difficult without securing additional working capital. To be less debt-dependent, the management has decided to go public. However, before the company issues the initial public offering (IPO), Machine Tooling currently seeks $500,000 for expansion purposes. Such expansion will improve the company's sales ability and positively affect its IPO prospects.

            2.1 Company History
            Machine Tooling was founded in Kansas City in 1989 on the basis of providing quality machine tools for selected industries. The owners had worked in this field for several years and had established multiple business contacts who helped the company pick up major business accounts. By 1999, the company's revenues reached $1.5 million, and the management realized that further company growth would be difficult without securing additional working capital. To be less debt-dependent, the management has decided to go public. However, before the company issues the initial public offering (IPO), Machine Tooling currently seeks $500,000 for expansion purposes. Such expansion will improve the company's sales ability and positively affect its IPO prospects.

            3.0 Products
            Background on Products and Technology
            Machine Tooling is planning to assemble the first level of the armature assembly. Laminates will be assembled to rotors and shipped daily to supplement customer production. This will take place in the second quarter of 2000. An elite team of professionals experienced in this industry and this type of product has been put together to drive this project.
            The Machine Tooling Engineering group will continue to support internal and external automation contributing to production type sales and value engineering. They will co-engineer the next generation of food processing equipment, and will also pursue the building and assembly of the food processing machinery product line that the company now manufactures the components of:
            · Rotor shafts.
            · Specialized manufacturing service.
            · Food processing equipment.
            · Engineering service.
            · Assembly machinery
            4.0 Market and Competitive Analysis
            Overview U.S. machine tool industry (Provided by Standard & Poor's)
            The U.S. machine tool industry is in a period of relative stability, although industry size, employment, and revenues typically fluctuate in response to swings in the business cycle. The number of industry establishments stands at approximately 600, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. These producers are concentrated in several midwestern and northeastern states: Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois have the greatest concentration of industry establishments.
            The composition of the industry has changed since the beginning of the 1990s as a result of consolidation and foreign investment. A spate of buyouts and acquisitions occurred in the early to middle 1990s, and a number of privately-held companies became publicly owned. A wave of investment by the European automotive industry spurred similar investments by continental machine-tool producers, which established U.S. production facilities to supply their primary customer group. Japanese investment also picked up in the first half of the decade, driven by the strong yen. The newcomers joined a contingent of Japanese machine-tool manufacturers that had established U.S. production facilities in the 1980s in response to U.S. import restrictions that have since been lifted.
            A strong commitment to exporting and the sustained expansion of the U.S. economy are key elements in the machine tool industry's newfound stability. Changes in the automotive sector are also important. The automotive industry is far less cyclical than it was in the past. Auto makers are undertaking more frequent and less extensive design changes and are becoming globalized, tailoring their products to individual markets. This has led to ongoing investment programs rather than concentrated purchasing cycles. The increasing globalization of the automotive sector is encouraging a similar trend among machine tool suppliers. U.S. machine tool companies are increasing their worldwide presence, often through joint ventures, cooperative agreements, and strategic alliances. The countries that have attracted the largest industry investment to date are Mexico, Brazil, India, and China.
            4.1 Market Segmentation
            The company's target customers:
            1. Automobile seating manufacturers. These customers require customized machine tools to better serve their clients.
            2. Fine blanking and stamping manufacturers. These customers have a strong need for specialized manufacturing services.
            3. Manufacturers of complete product lines. Value adding assembly is most required by this customer segment

            4.1.1 Market Analysis
            The table and chart below outline the total market potential and estimated growth rates for the type of products manufactured by Machine Tooling

            Market Analysis
            Potential Customers Growth 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 CAGR
            Automobile Seating 2% 300 306 312 318 324 1.94%
            Fine Blanking & Stamping 1% 150 152 154 156 158 1.31%
            Complete Product Lines 1% 200 202 204 206 208 0.99%
            Other 0% 100 100 100 100 100 0.00%
            Total 1.31% 750 760 770 780 790 1.31%

            4.2 Target Market Segment Strategy
            Machine Tooling will focus our market offerings on three major customer groups:
            1. Automobile seating manufacturers.
            2. Fine blanking and stamping manufacturers.
            3. Manufactures of complete product lines.
            Our market research shows that these customer segments are the most demanding in terms of the engineering, technical service support, and automated design. Machine Tooling is particularly strong in these areas and will utilize our capacities to serve these clients. The company will seek customers who require production of components used in upper-end product lines. This will provide a further possibility for Machine Tooling to offer our value-added engineering services.
            4.2.1 Market Needs
            Each of the served segment's market needs are shaped by the desire to procure quality products at reasonable prices. Machine Tooling is in the position to offer just that to our clientele, and we understand that our products must help our clients to better add value to their own end customers.
            4.2.2 U.S. Industry Growth Projections
            Annual U.S. machine tool product shipments have grown for the last four years, topping $46.5 billion in 1997. This trend was expected to hold with 1998 shipments on track to exceed $7.1 billion, an increase of nine percent in current dollars (seven percent in constant dollars). Industry exports reflect a similar pattern of growth. U.S. machine tool exports reflect a similar pattern of growth. U.S. machine tool exports climbed to over $2.8 billion in 1997 and were expected to rise four percent in 1998 to more than $3 billion. With continued growth projected for the U.S. economy, U.S. machine tool producers have reason to be optimistic. Machine tools purchases historically are driven by economic prosperity. The industry's upward trend is expected to continue for several more years, in parallel with the domestic economy's projected sustained growth. Product shipments of machine tools, expressed in constant dollars, are forecast to increase two percent in 1999.
            U.S. machine tool manufacturers can expect moderate growth in shipments during the period of 1999-2003. Projections call for annual increases of approximately four percent. The rising demand for capital equipment will be driven by manufacturers' need to improve productivity, increase capacity, and cut labor costs. Price increases will be virtually nonexistent as manufacturers continue to place strong price pressure on machine tool suppliers. The metal cutting sector is expected to be somewhat stronger than the metal forming sector.
            The most active customer markets for U.S. machine tool builders in the near future will be the aerospace, appliance, automotive, farm machinery, and job shop industries. Demand will be particularly robust among job shops. The nation's tool and die businesses are in a retooling mode, investing in a range of new, high-technology equipment to improve quality and precision. Job shops are increasing and widening their machining capabilities, particularly in areas such as high-speed cutting and laser, waterjet, and rapid prototyping technologies. The trend toward outsourcing by a range of producers, most notably the automotive industry, will further increase this sector's demand.
            Prospects for export markets are less secure. Key markets that are expected to be soft in the near future include the weakened Pacific Rim region and the European Union, where the introduction of a common European currency in select countries is creating uncertainty. As a result, slower growth in exports is likely, as well as an increase in the U.S. machine tool trade deficit. Machine tool exports are expected to grow by three percent annually in the period 1999-2003. The strongest markets for U.S. machine tool exporters will be Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
            4.3 Industry Analysis
            Market 1 - Metal cutting tools
            In 1997, shipments from production machinery industries totaled nearly $82 billion. The largest subsectors, in constant-dollar terms, were air conditioning, refrigeration and heating (31.8%), construction machinery (27.2%), and farm machinery (17.1%).
            Industry: Metalworking machinery, nec.
            Establishments that are primarily engaged in manufacturing metalworking machinery, not elsewhere classified.
            Market Size Statistics
            Estimated number of U.S. establishments 674
            Number of people employed in this industry 15,596
            Total annual sales in this industry $2,044.4 million
            Average employees per establishment 25
            Average sales per establishment $3.6 million
            Market 2 - Construction machinery
            Construction machinery (SIC 3531) consists of earthmoving equipment (bulldozers, shovel loaders, and excavators), off-highway trucks, power cranes, crawlers, draglines, and trenchers. However, if the industry can capitalize on new technologies and expand into developing markets, growth is expected to average nearly three percent from 1999 to 2002. An important factor in the future growth of this subsector could be the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, issued by the EPA in July, 1997. Firms are in the process of assessing the impact of the change in ozone standards on their production processes.
            Establishments that are primarily engaged in manufacturing heavy machinery and equipment, such as bulldozers, concrete mixers, and cranes.
            Market Size Statistics
            Estimated number of U.S. establishments 2,266
            Number of people employed in this industry 125,081
            Total annual sales in this industry $58,196.9 million
            Average employees per establishment 57
            Average sales per establishment $34.3 million
            Market 3 - Food products machinery
            U.S. manufacturers of food products machinery benefit from the huge domestic market. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the processed food industry is the largest manufacturing and distribution sector in the U.S. economy, accounting for more than one-sixth of the nation's industrial activity. In addition, the United States is a major player in the global food industry, manufacturing approximately one-fourth of the world's processed foods. In 1997 U.S. shipments of processed foods and beverages were estimated at approximately $471 billion. Six of the 10 largest, and 21 of the top 50 food processing companies in the world are headquartered in the United States. In addition to providing a large and viable home market for domestic machinery manufacturers and process technologists, the United States is a magnet market for advanced foreign high-technology machinery suppliers and for direct investment in the food industry.
            Market 4 - Electrical equipment
            Between 1992 and 1996, electrical equipment industry shipments boomed, increasing five percent in real terms. This growth ended a negative period in 1990 and 1991, during which shipments declined more than nine percent. The most important factor underlying those boom years was significant investment by firms in terms of both expansion and upgrading of their capital base. Low interest rates, technological improvements, and a healthy export climate stimulated this capital spending. The relays and industrial controls subsector, and the motors and generators subsector, historically have had the largest shipment values; during the period 1992-1996, both subsectors experienced the most vigorous growth, with average annual increases in shipments approximating seven percent each.
            Market 5 - Turbines
            The bulk of electricity production in the United States comes from steam turbines because of their efficiency and large capacity. However, gas turbines, which are also call combustion turbines, are accounting for the bulk of new manufacturing capacity in the turbine-producing subsector, particularly for peak load times and emergency and reserve power. Of the increase in generating capacity at U.S. electric utilities between 1992 and 1996, the Energy Information Administration estimates that over 60 percent can be attributed to newly-installed gas turbines. More than three-quarters of the planned capacity additions at these utilities, from 1997 to 2006, are expected to use gas as the primary energy source.
            Market 6 - Motors and Generators
            This subsector includes the production of electric motors (other than engine starting motors) and power generators, motor generator sets, railway motors and control equipment, and motors, generators, and control equipment for gasoline, electric, and oil-electric buses and trucks.
            Other Markets
            Industry: Power transmission equipment, nec.
            Establishments that are primarily engaged in manufacturing mechanical power transmission equipment and parts, for industrial machinery.
            Market Size Statistics
            Estimated number of U.S. establishments 18,984
            Number of people employed in this industry 427
            Total annual sales in this industry $3,338 million
            Average employees per establishment 47
            Average sales per establishment $10.9 million
            4.3.1 Competition
            Competitive threats come from machine shops who perform similar types of machining, as well as design firms that have established relationships with a large customer base. Their machinery, tooling, fixturing, and inspection equipment is tailored to accommodate specific customer products. Their weaknesses, however, are lack of engineering ability, process control, expertise to develop and combine processes, to synchronously combine operations, and an inability to design and build automatic load and unload systems for internal use.
            .3.2 Customer Buying Criteria
            Machine Tooling believes that our customers choose our products based on the following criteria:
            · Price.
            · Performance.
            · Customer service and support.
            5.0 Strategy
            The market strategy is to capitalize on our expertise by positioning the company to acquire strategic companies within the industry. We plan to leverage our expertise to acquire companies with product lines that compliment our manufacturing operations. The company's goal in the next year is to secure more contract manufacturing positions. The company's goal in the next five years is to continue with our "value added" scheme and embark on an acquisition program that will see the company take over key industry players.
            .1 Value Propositions
            Machine Tooling's products and services offer the following advantages to customers.
            1. Delivery. We provide on-time delivery, thereby reducing customer inventory and providing them with overall cost reduction.
            2. Quality. The products we supply are of high quality and have attributes that enable customers to carry out their business functions.
            3. Price. Our products competitively priced, thus helping customers control their own bottom line.

            5.2 Competitive Advantages
            Machine Tooling has several highly significant competitive advantages:
            · Engineering and technical support service.
            · Automated system design and build.
            · Customer service and support.
            · Engineering and technical skills.
            · Cross-functional teams encourage creativity.
            · Quality systems are in place.

            5.3 Marketing Strategy
            The company's marketing strategy will be to continue to promote sales of our product lines, systems, presses, automation projects, and machining capacity. In machining, focus will continue to be on components used in semi-sophisticated equipment where a possibility exists to pursue the next level of integration by assembling components or prepare part kits for assisted assembly. Focusing on this product-component relationship will facilitate the company's ability to pursue the vertical integration of the business and pass on the value-added savings to our customers.
            5.3.1 Pricing
            Pricing for machined components is developed usually by conducting a thorough time study analysis. This involves tool and cutter selection based on the operations to be performed and the material being processed. Machining, traverse, and material handling times are calculated based on known feeds, speeds, and rapid traverse rates. This total is then factored by the company's burden rate and profit margin, and then factored again based on market value.
            5.3.2 Marketing Plan
            The overall marketing plan for Machine Tooling's service is based on the following fundamentals:
            · The segment of the markets planned to reach.
            · Distribution channels planned to be used to reach market segments: television, radio, sales associates, and mail order.
            · Share of the market expected to capture over a fixed period of time.
            Market Responsibilities. In order to capitalize on sales opportunities, Machine Tooling will require an effective promotional campaign. This will be accomplished through television, radio, and magazine advertisements, as well as posters on billboards throughout the state. To help our customers with name recognition, we will offer a variety of promotional items with the company logo on them; the initial giveaways will be t-shirts, stickers, mugs, and pens.
            Investment in Advertising and Promotion. A fixed amount of sales revenues will go toward the statewide advertisement campaign. On an ongoing basis, we feel that we can budget advertising expenses at less than five percent of revenues to the company.
            5.4 Sales Strategy
            Machine Tooling's sales plan is to seek business that will advance the company's quest to vertically integrate and become a stronger force in the manufacturing industry. The company will continue to strive towards procuring sales of our product lines and machining capacity. The focus in machining is securing contracts to produce components used in upper-end product lines, yielding opportunities for "value added" engineering.
            To accomplish Machine Tooling's endeavors, the company will utilize internal and external sales tactics. By aggressively seeking new accounts and taking full advantage of the existing relationships the company has with current customers and broadening its customer base, the company will expand and be able to compete with the leading companies in the industry. Machine Tooling plans to use a direct sales force, relationship selling, and subcontractors to reach our markets. These channels are most appropriate because time to market, reduced capital requirements, and fast access to established distribution channels.
            The chart and table below outline Machine Tooling's sales forecasts. The company will gradually increase the share of the high-value assembly services in its sales mix over the next two years, which will add to the company's bottom line.

            Sales Forecast
            Sales 2000 2001 2002
            Automation $220,000 $330,000 $420,000
            Production Machining $270,000 $360,000 $440,000
            Specialized Manufacturing $710,000 $970,000 $1,600,000
            Value Added Assembly $760,000 $2,400,000 $2,800,000
            Total Sales $1,960,000 $4,060,000 $5,260,000

            Direct Cost of Sales 2000 2001 2002
            Automation $45,200 $67,000 $85,000
            Production Machining $54,700 $73,000 $89,000
            Specialized Manufacturing $144,400 $197,000 $325,000
            Value Added Assembly $155,700 $490,000 $570,000
            Subtotal Direct Cost of Sales $400,000 $827,000 $1,069,000

            6.0 Organization and Management
            The company's management philosophy is based on responsibility and mutual respect. Machine Tooling will maintain an environment and structure that will encourage productivity and respect for customers and fellow employees.
            Machine Tooling's management is highly experienced and qualified. The key management team includes: Mr. Peter Newton CEO, Mr. John Abbot, president, and Mr. Chris Manuel, vice president of Marketing. As the table below outlines, the company will strive to maintain lean overhead. Besides the senior management team and an administrative assistant, Machine Tooling currently employs a production manager who oversees all the production facilities and the staff of ten. To accommodate the growing sales projections, additional five productions workers will be hired in 2001.
            Personnel Plan
            2000 2001 2002
            Peter Newton, CEO $75,000 $80,000 $90,000
            John Abbot, President $75,000 $80,000 $90,000
            Chris Manuel, VP Marketing $60,000 $65,000 $75,000
            Production Manager $45,000 $50,000 $55,000
            Production personnel $350,040 $600,000 $650,000
            Administrative Assistant $30,000 $35,000 $40,000
            Total Payroll $635,040 $910,000 $1,000,000

            Total People 15 20 20
            Payroll Burden $95,256 $136,500 $150,000
            Total Payroll Expenditures $730,296 $1,046,500 $1,150,000

            7.0 Finance
            The company is seeking $500,000 for expansion purposes. The use of funds will be broken down as follows:
            Marketing of new product lines $30,000
            Growth into new markets $50,000
            Purchasing additional equipment $270,000
            Working Capital $100,000
            Other (Debt Management) $50,000

            7.1 Income Statements - Projected
            The table below provides Machine Tooling's projected income statements for 2000-2002.

            Pro Forma Profit and Loss
            2000 2001 2002
            Sales $1,960,000 $4,060,000 $5,260,000
            Direct Cost of Sales $400,000 $827,000 $1,069,000
            Other $0 $0 $0
            ------------ ------------ ------------
            Total Cost of Sales $400,000 $827,000 $1,069,000
            Gross Margin $1,560,000 $3,233,000 $4,191,000
            Gross Margin % 79.59% 79.63% 79.68%
            Operating Expenses:
            Advertising/Promotion $44,400 $65,000 $70,000
            Sales $59,500 $70,000 $80,000
            Miscellaneous $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
            Payroll Expense $635,040 $910,000 $1,000,000
            Payroll Burden $95,256 $136,500 $150,000
            Depreciation $9,996 $30,000 $40,000
            Quality Assurance $93,800 $104,000 $125,000
            General & Administrative $96,000 $124,000 $174,000
            Manufacturing & Engineering $129,600 $130,000 $175,000
            Machining & Systems Building $86,400 $100,000 $110,000
            Miscellaneous $54,000 $75,000 $105,000
            ------------ ------------ ------------
            Total Operating Expenses $1,313,992 $1,754,500 $2,039,000
            Profit Before Interest and Taxes $246,008 $1,478,500 $2,152,000
            Interest Expense Short-term $2,708 $0 $0
            Interest Expense Long-term $44,997 $29,150 $12,470
            Taxes Incurred $49,576 $362,338 $534,883
            Extraordinary Items $0 $0 $0
            Net Profit $148,727 $1,087,013 $1,604,648
            Net Profit/Sales 7.59% 26.77% 30.51%

            7.2 Projected Cash Flow
            The company's projected cash flow statements are presented below.
            · The existing short-term liabilities ($50,000 in total) are paid out in ten monthly payments of $5,000 each starting in March, 2000.
            · The $500,000 long-term loan is expected to be secured in January, 2000 (two payments of $250,000 each are expected in January and February). This loan will be repaid quarterly over three years.
            · In April, $50,000 from the expected loan will be used to completely repay the existing long-term obligations.
            · After that, in May and June, 2000, the company will purchase additional equipment and buildings in the total amount of $270,000.
            · In years 2001 and 2002, further capital expenditures in the amount of $200,000 and $300,000, respectively, are planned to accommodate for increased sales. In both cases, "ten year, straight-line" depreciation is assumed.

            Pro Forma Cash Flow

            Cash Received
            Cash from Operations:
            Cash Sales $490,000 $1,015,000 $1,315,000
            From Receivables $1,352,925 $2,780,277 $3,793,730
            Subtotal Cash from Operations $1,842,925 $3,795,277 $5,108,730

            Additional Cash Received
            Extraordinary Items $0 $0 $0
            Sales Tax, VAT, HST/GST Received $0 $0 $0
            New Current Borrowing $0 $0 $0
            New Other Liabilities (interest-free) $0 $0 $0
            New Long-term Liabilities $500,000 $0 $0
            Sales of other Short-term Assets $0 $0 $0
            Sales of Long-term Assets $0 $0 $0
            New Investment Received $0 $0 $0
            Subtotal Cash Received $2,342,925 $3,795,277 $5,108,730

            Expenditures 2000 2001 2002
            Expenditures from Operations:
            Cash Spent on Costs and Expenses $138,658 $224,124 $284,739
            Wages, Salaries, Payroll Taxes, etc. $730,296 $1,046,500 $1,150,000
            Payment of Accounts Payable $1,243,615 $1,968,233 $2,527,982
            Subtotal Spent on Operations $2,112,569 $3,238,857 $3,962,721

            Additional Cash Spent
            Sales Tax, VAT, HST/GST Paid Out $0 $0 $0
            Principal Repayment of Current Borrowing $50,000 $0 $0
            Other Liabilities Principal Repayment $0 $0 $0
            Long-term Liabilities Principal Repayment $175,100 $166,800 $166,800
            Purchase Other Short-term Assets $0 $0 $0
            Purchase Long-term Assets $270,000 $200,000 $300,000
            Dividends $0 $0 $0
            Adjustment for Assets Purchased on Credit ($270,000) ($200,000) ($300,000)
            Subtotal Cash Spent $2,337,669 $3,405,657 $4,129,521

            Net Cash Flow $5,256 $389,620 $979,209
            Cash Balance $65,256 $454,875 $1,434,084

            7.3 Balance Sheets - Projected
            The company's projected balance sheets for 2000-2002 are presented below.
            Pro Forma Balance Sheet

            Short-term Assets 2000 2001 2002
            Cash $65,256 $454,875 $1,434,084
            Accounts Receivable $247,075 $511,798 $663,069
            Inventory $135,600 $280,353 $362,391
            Other Short-term Assets $15,000 $15,000 $15,000
            Total Short-term Assets $462,931 $1,262,027 $2,474,544
            Long-term Assets
            Long-term Assets $370,000 $570,000 $870,000
            Accumulated Depreciation $39,996 $69,996 $109,996
            Total Long-term Assets $330,004 $500,004 $760,004
            Total Assets $792,935 $1,762,031 $3,234,548

            Liabilities and Capital
            2000 2001 2002
            Accounts Payable $79,307 $128,191 $162,860
            Current Borrowing $0 $0 $0
            Other Short-term Liabilities $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
            Subtotal Short-term Liabilities $89,307 $138,191 $172,860

            Long-term Liabilities $374,900 $208,100 $41,300
            Total Liabilities $464,207 $346,291 $214,160

            Paid-in Capital $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
            Retained Earnings $130,000 $278,727 $1,365,740
            Earnings $148,727 $1,087,013 $1,604,648
            Total Capital $328,727 $1,415,740 $3,020,387
            Total Liabilities and Capital $792,935 $1,762,031 $3,234,548
            Net Worth $328,727 $1,415,740 $3,020,387

            7.4 Business Ratios
            The following table gives a detailed ratio analysis for Machine Tooling. The last column, Industry Profiles, is derived from the general machine industry, as described by the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) Index code 3569, General Industrial Machinery, NEC.
            Ratio Analysis
            2000 2001 2002 Industry Profile
            Sales Growth 30.67% 107.14% 29.56% -0.50%

            Percent of Total Assets
            Accounts Receivable 31.16% 29.05% 20.50% 24.80%
            Inventory 17.10% 15.91% 11.20% 26.10%
            Other Short-term Assets 1.89% 0.85% 0.46% 24.20%
            Total Short-term Assets 58.38% 71.62% 76.50% 75.10%
            Long-term Assets 41.62% 28.38% 23.50% 24.90%
            Total Assets 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%

            Other Short-term Liabilities 1.26% 0.57% 0.31% 35.70%
            Subtotal Short-term Liabilities 11.26% 7.84% 5.34% 29.40%
            Long-term Liabilities 47.28% 11.81% 1.28% 18.50%
            Total Liabilities 58.54% 19.65% 6.62% 47.90%
            Net Worth 41.46% 80.35% 93.38% 52.10%

            Percent of Sales
            Sales 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
            Gross Margin 79.59% 79.63% 79.68% 35.80%
            Selling, General & Administrative Expenses 72.00% 52.86% 49.17% 20.80%
            Advertising Expenses 2.27% 1.60% 1.33% 0.70%
            Profit Before Interest and Taxes 12.55% 36.42% 40.91% 4.00%

            Main Ratios
            Current 5.18 9.13 14.32 2.20
            Quick 3.67 7.10 12.22 1.15
            Total Debt to Total Assets 58.54% 19.65% 6.62% 54.20%
            Pre-tax Return on Net Worth 89.35% 106.49% 71.66% 7.30%
            Pre-tax Return on Assets 37.04% 85.56% 66.92% 16.00%

            Business Vitality Profile 2000 2001 2002 Industry
            Sales per Employee $130,667 $203,000 $263,000 $0
            Survival Rate 0.00%

            Additional Ratios 2000 2001 2002
            Net Profit Margin 7.59% 26.77% 30.51% n.a
            Return on Equity 45.24% 76.78% 53.13% n.a

            Activity Ratios
            Accounts Receivable Turnover 5.95 5.95 5.95 n.a
            Collection Days 47 45 54 n.a
            Inventory Turnover 3.55 3.98 3.33 n.a
            Accounts Payable Turnover 15.74 15.74 15.74 n.a
            Total Asset Turnover 2.47 2.30 1.63 n.a

            Debt Ratios
            Debt to Net Worth 1.41 0.24 0.07 n.a
            Short-term Liab. to Liab. 0.19 0.40 0.81 n.a

            Liquidity Ratios
            Net Working Capital $373,623 $1,123,836 $2,301,683 n.a
            Interest Coverage 5.16 50.72 172.57 n.a

            Additional Ratios
            Assets to Sales 0.40 0.43 0.61 n.a
            Current Debt/Total Assets 11% 8% 5% n.a
            Acid Test 0.90 3.40 8.38 n.a
            Sales/Net Worth 5.96 2.87 1.74 n.a
            Dividend Payout $0 0.00 0.00 n.a


              sinbad, if you are going to post something off topic and long, it would be better if you post it in a separate topic. This thread is about whether or not this forum is about "Cure". Wise.


                Wow. That is an entire financial plan for presenting to investors, Sinbad. While many of the researchers and organizations are working together; how are you planning on getting both hospitals and pharmaceutical companies interested? Right now, some of the Quest For Cure groups are working towards arrfanging a fairly reliable group of hospitals willing to commit the time, people and resources to trials. But outside of social medicine I am lost on how this ties in with the business plan.

                If you'd like I can make this a seperate topic within this forum if you want to explore this idea more, Sinbad. Let me know.
                Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

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