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Innara Health Announces Co-Marketing Agreement with GE Healthcare to Advance Oral Feeding and Neurodevelopment of Premature Infants

March 21, 2017

Innara Health and GE Healthcare have entered into a co-marketing agreement dedicated to our combined focus on the neurodevelopmental needs of premature infants.  As the healthcare industry continues to seek opportunities to improve patient outcomes, clinical efficiency and financial improvements, we are excited to work with GE Healthcare and offer solutions designed to support the challenges of caring for the most fragile patients.


Study: Ntrainer reduces time to full oral feeding for preterm infants, NICU length of stay

May 2, 2016

A multi-center randomized control trial has shown that premature infants who were on feeding tubes and who received treatment with Innara Health’s NTrainer System® demonstrated improved transition to independent oral feeding and a reduction in length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Innara Health’s NTrainer System is an FDA-cleared medical device that assesses and develops non-nutritive suck (NNS) in infants and newborns born prematurely.

“The study demonstrates the clear benefit of interventional feeding therapy for premature and newborn infant patient populations,” said Dr. Dongli Song, the chief principal investigator of the study. “The NTrainer helped the infants who received treatment safely go home with their families sooner.”

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Kansas City Business Journal Article about NTrainer trial results to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting

February 25, 2016

Olathe-based Innara Health received positive test results that show its NTrainer System can reduce the use of feeding tubes in infants and the time spent in the neonatal intensive care unit. Because of this, two abstracts from the trial have been selected to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in April.

The NTrainer System helps infants born prematurely transition to oral feeding and is already in use at hospitals nationwide. Read more

- Dora Grote Reporter for Kansas City Business Journal


NTrainer System® shown to help neonatal feeding readiness skills

Multi-center trial results to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting

February 23, 2016

Olathe, Kan. – A multi-center randomized control trial (RCT) has shown that premature infants who received treatment with the NTrainer System® demonstrated improved transition to independent oral feeding.  The improvements led to reduced use of feeding tubes and a reduction in length of stay (LOS) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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Innara Health closes $3.7M round of funding
with Midwest‐based venture capital investors

April 27, 2015

Olathe, Kan. – Innara Health has closed a funding round of $3.7 million, including investments from
Open Prairie Ventures, the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) and Flyover Capital. Read more


Sales and marketing executive Wendy Slatery joins Innara Health

April 7, 2015

Olathe, Kan. – Health care executive Wendy Slatery has joined Innara Health as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Slatery will be responsible for marketing strategy, sales activities and market expansion. Read more


United Kingdom Technology Alert - NTrainer® for developing non-nutritive sucking in premature and newborn infants

April, 2013

Currently there is a lack of tools to determine a premature infant’s readiness to start oral feeding. The NTrainer® is the first system designed to both help develop non-nutritive sucking and to measure progress. According to the company, the technology has the potential to help reduce the reliance on nasogastric tube feeding and lead to a faster transition to breast or bottle feeding. This in turn could lead to shorter stays in neonatal intensive care units and hospital wards, as hospitals are unlikely to discharge infants until successful feeding is established. This may reduce costs associated with hospital stay (in the United Kindom National Institute of Health).

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NTrainer for Premature Infants at Ohio State University Wexner Hospital

January, 2013

The NTrainer is used by an Occupational and/or a Physical Therapist.  The sessions can take place during a tube (gavage) feeding or before a bottle or breast feeding.  The trainer has 2 settings to check your baby’s progress. While the baby uses the pacifier, a computer reads out his or her skill level.

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New Device Helps Premature Babies Get Off Feeding Tubes Better

September, 2008

“Non-nutritive suck has been suggested by some neonatologists to provide a window into the development of the central nervous system,” said Dr. Steven Barlow. “The NTrainer system represents the first objective physiologically based tools that give the physician and nurse almost instant feedback about the status of the infant’s oromotor system through the assessment of NNS.”

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