Leviticus Cardio

Leviticus Cardio is developing a wireless system able to provide the day-to-day power needs of VAD implants while eliminating the complications related to the drive line.

The Product

The Company’s solution uses a proprietary technology, Coplanar Energy Transfer (CET), that works with available commercial LVADs, including market-leading HM3 (HeartMate) and HVAD® (HeartWare). The innovative CET system provides effective transcutaneous energy transfer with important advantages over competing wireless energy transfer technologies —

  • Robust: low movement sensitivity
  • Wireless: More than 6 hours of “freedom”
  • Efficient: Fast charging and highly efficient

The Team

Michael Zilbershlag of Leviticus Cardio

CEO Michael Zilbershlag presents at a Trendlines U.S. Medical Road Show event.

  • Michael Zilbershlag, CEO and Co-Founder: Former CEO and founder of Genesis-OS, developer of advanced FPGA solutions; previously, ECI Telecom (Nasdaq: ECIL), Orckit Communications (Nasdaq: ORCT), Broadlight Inc.; entrepreneur with vast R&D experience in communications, medical devices, and system engineering; MBA, B.Sc.EE
  • Moshe Levy, COO and Co-Founder: Former VP R&D Tessera, Metalink, and Broadlight; over 20 years’ experience in R&D, project management, and engineering; managed projects in communications, imaging, and medical; experience in multidisciplinary system architecture projects and development from idea to mass production; B.Sc.EE
  • Yigal Kassif, M.D., CMO and Co-Founder: Attending cardiac surgeon and former chief of Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit, Sheba Medical Center, Israel; board certified, cardiothoracic surgery (1995); research fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, New York; clinical fellowship: cardiac surgery, heart transplantation, and assist devices, UCLA

  • Prof. Stephan Schueler, M.D., Ph.D., FRCS, Clinical Advisory Board: Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Trust, UK; professor, cardiac surgery, Medical Faculty, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, Dresden, Germany; past president: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, European Society for Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Leonard A. R. Golding, M.D., FRACS, Clinical Advisory Board: Staff physician, Dept. of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic; former project director, CoreAide VAD; past president, International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps


Founded: 2010
Stage: Business development
Investors: The Trendlines Group, Maryland/Israel Trendlines Fund, M.D.s and VAD expert group, Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist grants
IP: 10 issued patents; 2 pending in the United States


  • Successful chronic animal trials and integration with LVADs
  • Fully working system
  • ISO 13485

In the Media

Background & Market

Thousands of patients each year are candidates for heart transplantation. An alternative to heart transplantation is the ventricular assist device (VAD), an implanted mechanical circulatory pump that is increasingly being used to support patients with heart failure.

To supply power to the pump, the VAD is connected to an external power pack by a transcutaneous drive line. The exit site of the drive line on the abdomen provides a port of entry for pathogens, making VAD recipients highly vulnerable to device-related infections. Infection and reduction in quality of life (both related to the drive line) represent the most important challenge to extended VAD use.

The total available market (TAM) of VADs is estimated at $4 billion, with current sales of $800 million. VADs are projected to become the main intervention measure in the treatment of heart failure.

Leviticus estimates the TAM for its CET system at $900 million. Players in the VAD market include St. Jude Medical, HeartWare, Jarvik Heart, Cleveland Heart, Sunshine Heart, CorWave, Rein VAD (AME), Calon Cardio, Berlin Heart, and Relight Heart.


See the company one-page description in Chinese (PDF).

Michael Zilbershlag presents at Trendlines Medical Asia Road Show.

Leviticus Presentation
See the Leviticus presentation (PDF).

See an animation of the Leviticus Cardio system.

Michael Zilbershlag presents at a Trendlines Showcase.


Michael Zilbershlag, CEO

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