Air99 LLC

The Problem

Annually, over 7 million people die prematurely from air pollution, according to a 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) report. A 2016 United Nations (UN) report on pandemic flu predicted that a virulent strain of influenza could spread worldwide to all major global capitals in less than 60 days and kill 33 million people in under 9 months.

The global COVID-19 pandemic started in December 2019, infected almost 40 million and killed more than 1 million people worldwide in 9 months and continues to grow unabated.

Record-breaking wildfires have devastated regions of the US west, including California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, destroying homes and choking the air with hazardous particulates.

N95 respirators are proven to be effective prevention against these hazards but today's products are based on inefficient, 50-to-100-plus-year-old designs. The effectiveness of conventional respirators is compromised by a poor fit that allows hazardous air to leak into the mask under normal wearing conditions. Conventional N95 masks can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. They are unattractive, hard to keep clean, and wasteful because they aren't intended to be reused.

Air99 LLC

Air99, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, solves these problems with the breakthrough Airgami® respirator: a reusable mask that fits better, looks better, and works better than today's conventional masks.

The Airgami mask's superior design has been awarded the 2019 Reimagining Respiratory Protection QuickFire Challenge by Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority BARDA.

Mission

Air99 develops the world’s most advanced air-purifying respirators based on our patented origami design. The Airgami mask saves lives by blocking 95% of PM0.3 air pollution and airborne infectious agents and by being more comfortable, breathable, and aesthetic than conventional N95 respirators. We continuously innovate to improve our designs, materials, manufacturing, and test methods.