Our co-founder Scott Smith, a Harvard Business School graduate, invented the open-cell foam technology back in 2000 for use by the US Military to help protect soldiers from chemical warfare agents.
In 2010 the technology was approved, used, and endorsed by BP America in the cleanup of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has since been used to remove oil and other contaminants from water in over 60 natural disasters globally.
This open-cell foam technology was validated by CDC ELITE labs in 2018, for water sampling for pathogens and since then has been used by Homeland Security and the State of Florida to help mitigate the effects of harmful algal blooms.
To put it plainly, this technology has been proven to block and trap harmful pathogens and that's why in 2020 Scott received a call from medical experts about issues frontline healthcare workers were experiencing using medical-grade N95's to try and filter out pathogens.
And Scott immediately knew the open-cell technology could help them for the same reason it works on legionella, works on oil spills, and works on algae toxins. Plus with his design, it covers 36 square feet of surface area, whereas a typical medical or non-medical face-covering only covers 2.7 square feet.
This means you're substantially increasing the possibility that you're going to block the pathogens from getting into your mouth or nose.