About Somna - Think Outside the Throat

Company Background

Founded by Tom Shannon, Nick Maris, Jeff Harris, and Reza Shaker in March 2012 in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Somna Therapeutics is a medical device company focused on improving the quality of life for the millions of people suffering from acid reflux disease by introducing the REZA BAND UES Assist Device, the "first-of-its-kind" non-medication, non-surgical medical device designed to reduce symptoms associated with laryngopharynageal reflux or (LPR) due to acid reflux into the throat and lungs. The FDA-cleared REZA BAND is available in the US and selected international markets through physician clinics, hospitals, and home health care. Somna Therapeutics continues to work within the medical industry for the development and advancement of medical devices and technology.

Customer Needs and the REZA BAND Solution

Patients suffering from acid reflux into the throat and lungs have in common a dysfunctional upper esophageal sphincter (UES). A poorly functioning UES can result in regurgitation of stomach contents into the throat and lungs. Acid reflux causes many challenging symptoms that constitute a spectrum of disorders including chronic throat irritation and cough, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, postnasal drip, sleep disruption and pneumonia.

The REZA BAND is founded on scientific and clinical research conducted over 20 years by a leading gastroenterologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Clinical studies show that when external pressure is applied at the cricoid region, reflux is kept from passing through the UES, thereby reducing the chronic health problems associated with acid reflux into the throat and lungs. These studies also demonstrate significant improvement in patients’ pulmonary, pharyngeal, and laryngeal symptoms. 86% of patients had a successful outcome with significant reduction in symptoms after two weeks. Physicians reported being satisfied with the REZA BAND 92% of the time and 75% of patients reported being satisfied or very satisfied.