Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Air99 is focused exclusively on respiratory protection against airborne pathogens and hazardous PM2.5 particulates.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in 2016, over 7 million people were dying prematurely, annually, because of air pollution.
A 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.
In fact, the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak began in December 2019 and has now been implicated in infecting over 180 million people worldwide and killing nearly 3 million. Airborne exhaled aerosols and droplets are the primary means of COVID transmission.
N95 masks are the first-line of defense and are arguably as important than vaccines since they protect against all variants as well as air pollution.
Wildfires burn vast regions of the US west annually in California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, filling the air with hazardous PM2.5 particulates.
The central valley in California is home of Valley Fever, a debilitating fungal disease in the soil that becomes airborne in windy conditions.
Airgami is the world's most breathable N95 mask. It fits better, looks better, and works better.
Because of Airgami, Air99 won 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 is also a semi-finalist in the nationwide BARDA/NIOSH Mask Innovation Challenge, that aims to support the development of innovative masks that can protect Americans from respiratory pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.