Air to All is a mission-driven community.
We started as a community of volunteers from around the world who connected online with a shared desire to help people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In just four months, we designed two unique medical devices, our Air One PAPR and Model A Ventilator, that we can produce at scale by the end of this year.
Hundreds of volunteer projects formed this year to tackle COVID-19 challenges. Air to All is a leading example of the power of this collective energy to create unique solutions to global shortages in record time.
Our mission is to ensure everyone has access to safe affordable medical devices.
Air to All is a nonprofit startup.
Our master plan outlines why it’s important that Air to All is a nonprofit. Being a nonprofit gives us the freedom to chase our mission without having to answer to shareholders or worry about potential acquirers.
At the same time, we need to make Air to All self-sustainable quickly through product sales so we don’t have to rely on grants or donations to keep our organization running.
Nonprofit startups blend these two key objectives (independence and sustainability) into one organization that can attack systemic problems without being corrupted by the system itself.
We look to nonprofits like the Red Cross and Mayo Clinic for inspiration on how to build sustainable business models that can drive decades of innovation and public service without relying on government or private funding.
Air to All is a disruptive innovator.
This is a unique time where the rapid development and approval of new medical devices is possible in months, not years.
Air to All will enter markets with new medical devices that meet COVID-19 regulatory standards at the lowest prices and then rapidly improve product quality until we’re winning on both price and quality.
Air to All is an independent solution to improving healthcare access through lower prices for medical and personal protective equipment. This will spark increased competition that will drive product innovation throughout the medical device industry.
Air to All is a systemic solution.
The old nonprofit ’solution’ to medical device shortages was to take used medical devices from America and donate them to hospitals in Africa. Ventilators were often broken by the time they arrived at their destinations and the rest were quickly abandoned once supplies ran out or when the devices were unable to be serviced or repaired.
Air to All aims to deliver much more than affordable medical devices. Our products are designed to be easily manufactured and maintained at scale in many different countries with simple training and supplies that ensure that these devices can be sustainably operated for years by a wide range of frontline workers.
The global healthcare system is broken in many ways. Air to All is one key solution to sustainably delivering quality healthcare to all, starting with safe affordable respirators and ventilators for COVID-19.
Neil Thanedar (Founder & CEO) is a scientist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of Labdoor, a consumer watchdog that independently tests and ranks supplements and other health products for its 20M+ users. He was previously Co-Founder and President of Avomeen Analytical Services, a testing lab that provides chemical analysis and product development services for life sciences and CPG companies. He has worked with community organizations since 2007 and political campaigns since 2016 to fight for better education and economic opportunities in Michigan.
Heidi-Lynn Tayler (President & COO) is a business, operations, supply chain, and sustainability expert. She has managed operations with 400 people and $30M budgets and improved bottom lines up to $8M per year. As President of Marblehead International, she delivered supply chain consulting, growth strategy projects, and operational efficiency programs working across many industries and countries.
Jane Holman (Finance & Partnerships) is a development, marketing, communications, and stakeholder engagement professional who brings capacity-building strategies to widen an organization’s footprint, efficacy and impact. Jane leads Air to All’s finance, partnerships, and stakeholder outreach and advises Air to All on strategic planning.
Steven Ebin (Co-Founder) is an executive and marketer who has helped build several technology companies to more than $1B in market value, including MuleSoft, Optimizely, InVision, and KeepTruckin. He is also a podcast host, philanthropist, and father of two. In his spare time, he enjoys running, climbing, and learning languages.
Dr. Harvey Hawes (Medical) is a trauma surgeon, innovator, and humanitarian dedicated to improving the health of people around the world. He is currently on staff at Vancouver General Hospital as an academic surgeon, and develops disruptive medical technologies and novel health care delivery systems in partnership with governments, universities and hospitals. He is also the founder and CEO of Metric Technologies, a medical device startup with a multidisciplinary approach built on new manufacturing technologies, expert-sourced innovation, and the creation of local sustainable business models.
Dr. Abdullah Saleh (Public Health) is a Pediatric General Surgeon at the University of Alberta and is the founding director of the Office of Global Surgery. He completed his medical school and General Surgery training at the University of Alberta and his Pediatric Surgery fellowship at McMaster University. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Director of Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange), a not-for-profit organization with global programs. He is a serial entrepreneur and co-founded 3 spin-off social enterprise companies that develop disruptive technologies particularly for vulnerable populations.
Helton Souza (Technology) is a computer engineer and entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CTO of Labdoor, an independent consumer watchdog. He has led multi-country operations and is passionate about building and managing decentralized teams. Helton started his career as a software engineer working for large institutions in Brazil. He was previously founder and CEO of Tera&Creata, a technology and advertising agency that also launched its own startup, ShowMePigs.
Dustin McIntosh (Community) is a scientist, engineer, and data analyst. He leads community organization for Air to All. He is also the head data scientist working on making advertising easier for small businesses around the world at Google. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy:
Air to All does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Air to All fully supports and engages in efforts that support diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace.
Nonprofit Status and Tax Deductions:
Air to All, Inc. is a 501(c)3 US-based nonprofit run by a global team of volunteers. Founded in March 2020 in response to the COVID crisis, Air to All is focused on ensuring that everyone has access to safe affordable medical devices. All donations to Air to All (Tax ID: 85-0557580) are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.