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While there are many benefits to raising children in the city, traffic and power plants release harmful nitrogen (NOx) and sulfur (SO2). Existing portable filters remove only particulate matter while allowing these chemical pollutants to pass freely into the air we breathe.
We developed the first low-profile filter capable of filtering both SO2 and NO2 air pollutants, which have been associated with higher asthma attack rates and 3x-6x higher asthma rates from legal city pollution limits.
We use spectrometers and particulate counters to design and validate the first low-profile filters capable of filtering chemical air pollution. Our team has partnered with physicians to study the impact of our filter on reducing asthma rates and frequency of attacks in children.
Our unique product attaches effortlessly to any infant’s or children’s strollers. It can easily be detached from the stroller for use in other environments. With replaceable filters, our battery-operated products will last for years to be reused for all your children.
Our filters are proudly made in the USA. The stroller attachment is assembled in the USA with parts from the USA and abroad.
We’re committed to saving lives. A portion of profits from each purchase goes towards products that reduce childhood deaths from indoor air pollution in developing countries.
Our technology is broadly applicable. While we will expand into products for all settings and stages of life, including respirators for athletes traveling abroad, our principal focus is on improving childhood health and wellness.
While most organs are fully developed at birth, lungs continue to mature between birth and 8 years of age. On top of this, children exchange three times more air per pound of body weight than adults, making them particularly vulnerable to environmental pollutants.
Asthma is a chronic illness that can be difficult to control and places children at risk for potentially life-threatening respiratory compromise. We aim to be the first product that both prevents the development of asthma as well as protects against exacerbations.
As we expand, we will start directing a portion of our profits to subsidizing life-saving products from indoor air pollution in developing countries. Why? Because:
Indoor air pollution arises from cooking over an open fire, creating dense particulate matter (PM) pollution in homes that, when inhaled, can lead to life-threatening pneumonia in infants and young children.
The World Health Organization indicates that 3 billion people worldwide suffer from indoor air pollution. We aren’t competing with other companies in remedying indoor pollution; together we’re fighting a titanic problem.
4 million people die per year from indoor air pollution. 50% of under-age-5 pneumonia deaths worldwide are from indoor pollution. On average, one child dies per minute from air pollution.
Join with us and others as we try to save lives from indoor air pollution. A portion of proceeds go to this important cause.
Jay has an MA in Atmospheric Chemistry and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Harvard, and has advised on EPA documents. He has both finance and prior startup experience.
Joshua Eric Klobas is finishing his PhD in physical chemistry at Harvard, and advises in the development and testing of our filtration products.
Medicine / Public Heallth
Dr. Ravi Parikh has an MD and a MPP from Harvard. He is a medical and public policy advisor for Blue Skies.
Medicine / Pediatrics
Dr. Lindsey Gaston earned her MD from the University of Michigan and is now a pediatric resident at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Blue Skies is a proud recipient of sponsorship from the Harvard Global Health Initiative and Autodesk, as well as support from the Harvard Innovation Lab. We were finalists in the Harvard President’s Challenge, and semifinalists in both the HBS New Venture Competition and the HBSNVC Social Enterprise Track.
Harvard Innovation Lab
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