Minnesota Patent of the Month – September 2022

Many of us suffer from common outdoor pollutants in which continued exposure can lead to  chronic respiratory diseases or heart issues. In fact, immunocompromised individuals as well as children and seniors with decreased lung function experience higher rates of air pollution related morbidities. Face masks provide some protection against these pollutants. However, they are typically low protection cloth face masks or can be industrial masks that are large, heavy, and uncomfortable to wear. In addition, face masks with replaceable filters can be expensive to maintain and typically do not provide an effective seal around the nose and mouth, reducing protection.  

Breathe99, LLC (Breathe99) is focused on providing consumers with effective face masks that offer adequate protection against many outdoor pollutants. They strive to develop cloth masks with an innovative filtering system that is easy to replace and comfortable to wear. They cater to users that need daily protection from pollutants, including people who often interact with the general public. 

Their development consists of a comfortable and reusable cloth mask that houses a cushioned filter that fits closely to the face and can be washed by hand. Their high-efficient devices filter particles as small as 0.1 microns, which is smaller than a particle of dust. In addition, the electrostatically-charged non-woven polypropylene layer attracts and traps particles as they flow through. With effective protection against allergens, biological aerosols, dust, smoke, and urban contaminants, Breathe99’s face mask is a one-stop option for all consumers looking to protect their health from these common pollutants. 

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