Germantown-based Somna Therapeutics has asked federal regulators for approval to market an adjustable band that is worn around the neck at night to keep stomach acid from rising into the throat.
Somna filed its application earlier this month for clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, said Tom Shannon, the company's chairman.
"This is a big milestone for our company and brings us one step closer to commercialization," said Nicholas Maris, the company's president and chief executive officer.
Somna's device, called the Reza band, was developed by Reza Shaker, a Medical College of Wisconsin gastroenterologist. Patients wear the band around their necks at night. A small pad in front applies a slight amount of pressure just below the Adam's apple to keep stomach contents down.
The Reza band was tested in a clinical trial at four sites. The company has raised a total of $2 million from angel investors.