Who We Are

Our story

Inspiration

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

Birth

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.

Steps

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.

Innovation

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.

Commercialization

Since January 2022, the AIRXÔM mask has been marketed online worldwide.

Our team

An ensemble of complementary talents

Vincent Gaston, President of Airxom
Vincent Gaston

Founder – General Coordination
President

Gaston built his career primarily in the field of culture and communication: journalism (Gédéon/Canal+, Le Provençal), cultural events (Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles), and management of cultural centers. He has diplomas from Lyon III, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, IAE-Université Lille I, New York University Law School.
Vincent Gaston, President of Airxom
Franck Glaizal
Industrial Marketing & Commercial Expert
General Manager
PDG Fondateur de Glaizal & Partners, société de Conseil en Management implantée en France, en Italie et à New York depuis 2015, Franck Glaizal possède une solide expérience à la tête de grandes entreprises industrielles (dont 20 ans de Direction Générale d’entreprises du groupe Danone et de GPV Groupe, puis 3 années de Direction Internationale du groupe GL-Events). Ex-conseiller de la Banque de France et ex-conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France, il a crée, géré et développé des sociétés sur tous les continents (Europe, Amérique, Asie). AIRXÔM bénéficie de ces 30 années de parcours dans la direction générale d’entreprise (stratégie, marketing, commercialisation en France et à l’international, contrôle de gestion).

Alumni de l’Institut d’Études Politique de Paris (Sciences Po).

Vincent Gaston, President of Airxom
Yves Hervieu-Causse
Finance & Investor
Financial director
Co-fondateur et associé-gérant de la banque d’affaires Aforge Finance en 1998, fondateur et associé-gérant du Family office Hugo Partners Holding en 2012, fondateur et administrateur délégué de Hugo Fund Services en 2014 puis executive-vice-chairman d’AcolinFund Services dès 2017, fondateur de sociétés dans les domaines de la medtech et l’éducation, Yves Hervieu-Causse est président du conseil d’administration de la Fondation Apopo à Genève, membre de l’Ashoka Support Network et membre du conseil d’administration de la Fondation Auer Ory pour la Photographie. Plus de 30 ans d’expérience dans la finance, la banque d’affaires, la gestion d’actifs et l’entreprenariat social et culturel, apportées à AIRXÔM.

Diplômé des Facultés de droit de l’Université de Genève et de New York University, diplômé de l’Institut des Hautes Études Internationales à Genève et admis au barreau de Genève.

Vincent Gaston, President of Airxom
Dai Nguyen Trong
Doctoral Engineer in Mechanical Design (Fluid Mechanics) – INSA Lyon
Technical director
Trong Dai is an expert in fundamental research in fluid mechanics, in machine/product design, in R&D of electronic/on-board systems and in project management. He has collaborated on many innovative projects, including anti-pollution casing, modular aeroponic systems and additive manufacturing.

He founded 3DRAION in 2015, and helps implement FabLabs in collaboration with African universities (in Chad, Senegal, Mauritania, Algeria) while managing the networking of these centers.

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