Air99 Awarded 2019 QuickFire Challenge Prize

Air99 was named the awardee of the 2019 Reimagining Respiratory Protection QuickFire Challenge, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS, working with Janssen Research & Development, LLC, and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Air99 received a trophy and $100,000 in funding from BARDA on October 10, 2019 for the Airgami concept and working prototype. The Challenge aimed to identify the next-generation N95 respirator with improved fit, breathability, comfort, and reusability, to protect people from airborne pandemic and particulate pollution.

COVID-19 struck nine weeks after the award ceremony at BARDA Industry Days 2019. The grant accelerated  Airgami production, enabling Air99 to join the global pandemic response.

Photos from left to right: The QuickFire Challenge Trophy, Participating Institutions, and Richard Gordon receiving the trophy from Dr. Rick Bright, Director of BARDA, and Sally Allain, Head of JLABS Washington DC.

 HHS, ASPR, BARDA, Johnsons & Johnson Innovation - JLABS