In 2015, Matthieu Gaston, a curious and creative young man with cystic fibrosis, imagined with his friend Alexandre to develop “a super protective mask”, which would allow everyone to evolve more freely in polluted environments. He drives the project and thinks about the design but he dies in 2016.
His father Vincent Gaston decided to make the project a reality and create the mask born from his son’s dreams.
He then teamed up with Franck Glaizal and Yves Hervieu-Causse and surrounds itself with the most advanced skills, particularly in the field of technical textiles from the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, the true birthplace of AIRXÔM.
Research and development
In January 2019, before the SARS-CoV-2 / Covid-19 crisis, the company AIRXÔM was born.
For two years, research and development of the mask were carried out in particular in partnership with INSA and its Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics. The scientists carried out research focusing above all on breathability and efficiency, with the aim of objective of achieving the widest possible field of protection.
All stages of research and development have been carried out with the fundamental concern of guaranteeing maximum protection. The priority was therefore to carry out precise, rigorous and verified measurements and tests, to develop the purification device, before designing the design.
Researchers have worked by integrating as many technologies as possible to guarantee optimal air treatment and infallible safety. Optimizing comfort, size and portability was also an important concern in order to provide a protective and easy-to-use solution.
After 24 months of Research & Development, the prototype of the AIRXÔM mask is developed in 2021.
AIRXÔM innovation is protected by 2 patents as well as by exclusive industrial know-how. Also benefiting from the expertise of the local textile (technical fabrics) and plastics (composite materials) sectors, the AIRXÔM respiratory protection device is entirely manufactured in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.
AIRXÔM has been selected by Business France as one of the twenty most innovative French start-ups to represent French Tech at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas in January 2022. The mask AIRXÔM was presented there as a world exclusive and was one of the most remarkable technological innovations.