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.

N95 respirators are proven to be effective prevention against these hazards but today's products are based on inefficient, 50-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, tackles these problems with the breakthrough Airgami™ mask: a reusable respirator 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.


Air99 develops the world’s most advanced air-purifying respirators based on our patented origami design. The Airgami™ mask saves lives by blocking PM2.5 air pollution and airborne infectious agents and by being more comfortable and aesthetic. We continuously innovate to improve our designs, materials, manufacturing, and test methods.

Air99 Leadership Team

Richard Gordon, Founder, CEO. MSEE Stanford University. Industrial experience at Bell Laboratories, Silicon Compiler Systems, Mentor Graphics, Tera Systems, and Richard has innovated in computer engineering, electronic design automation, cloud SaaS, and origami engineering. 1 patent.

Andrew Gordon, CFO - MBA Columbia University. Entrepreneur. Investment Banking Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, CS First Boston, and JP Morgan. Co-founder of the successful SPiN franchise of table-tennis clubs.

Air99 Advisory Board

Robert J. Lang - PhD Caltech, MSEE Stanford University. Foremost origami theorist, engineer, artist, and leader in the field of computational origami. Solved folding problems ranging from automotive airbags to space telescopes and respirators. Fellow of the Optical Society of America; member and past Vice-President of the IEEE Photonics Society; former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics (2007–2010); Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award (2009); inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Featured in the Feb 2017 PBS Nova, “The Origami Revolution”. Over 50 patents.

Yves Klett - PhD University of Stuttgart. Post-doc at the Institute of Aircraft Design in Stuttgart (IFB). Co-founder and CEO at FoldCore GMBH developing automation to fold structural origami components used in filtration, aerospace composites, and architecture. Featured in the Feb 2017 PBS Nova, “The Origami Revolution”. 1 patent in air-filtration.

Min Xiao - PhD ECE Carnegie Mellon University, MBA Berkeley Haas Business School. Experienced executive with expertise in R&D, technology transfer, high-precision high-volume manufacturing, and business strategy at IBM Research, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and Seagate Technologies. 8 patents.

Sandro Klein - MS Industrial Design, RISD. Seasoned Director of Design with experience developing consumer and biomedical products at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Cisco Consumer Products, Universal Electronics, and GK Design International. 41 patents.