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, has now infected over 135 million and killed more than 3 million people worldwide in 1 year and continues.
Record-breaking wildfires have burned vast regions of the US west, including California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, destroying homes and choking the air with hazardous particulates. More are yet to come.
N95 respirators are proven, effective prevention against these airborne hazards, but today's products are based on designs that date back 50 to 100 years. Conventional respirators are compromised by the uncomfortable nose wire that must be molded and remolded to make a seal against the wearer's face. The nose wire gets kinked and becomes ineffective. They can cause skin ulcerations with prolonged use.
Air99, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, solves these problems with the breakthrough Airgami® respirator: a first-principles rethink of the N95 respirator. Airgami fits better, looks better, and works better than today's conventional respirators.
The superior Airgami design garnered Air99 the 2019 Reimagining Respiratory Protection QuickFire Challenge trophy and grant, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) under the offices of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Health and Human Services (HHS).
Air99 develops the world’s most advanced air-purifying respirators based on our patented Airgami design. Airgami 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.