The inspiring story of Aeris’ turn from small startup to global powerhouse in premium air purification began when the company’s Swiss founders, Pierre Bi and Constantin Overlack, traveled to Beijing. They had seen just how painful bad air quality can be for those around them, and were convinced they could help.
Wanting to make a difference and convinced they could help, the entrepreneurial engineers dedicated the next three years to researching and studying air purifiers at MIT and ETH Zurich.
Bringing the highly awarded Industrial Designer Etienne Bougeot onboard, the mission-driven trio reengineered filter materials and iterated hundreds of designs to craft a superior, thoughtful air purification system with the cleanest, most powerful airflow in the market.
The first Aeris air purifier launched to instant success in 2017, as one of the few systems that could clean the indoor air caused by heavy pollution in China.
Following additional successful launches abroad, Pierre and Constantin brought their high-performance technology to the United States, and Aeris opened its California office in 2019. In less than two years the company’s air purifiers were being sold by some of the biggest retailers across the country and receiving prestigious awards.
In November 2021, iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), the leader in consumer robots, announced its acquisition of Aeris air purifiers with a vision to build the world’s most thoughtful robotics. With a new Air Quality division in place, the iRobot’s future plans include leveraging the Genius™ Home Intelligence platform to offer consumers more personalized and intuitive ways to create a better indoor environment.
Founders Pierre and Constantin continue to lead air purification product operations, including engineering, product management and design, accompanied by Etienne and a global air quality team of nearly 30 staff. In January 2022, Aeris by iRobot air purifiers are primed to clean the air in every home across the US and around the world.