Valcare Medical is dedicated to providing innovative minimally-invasive technologies for the treatment of mitral and tricuspid regurgitation. Its product line includes solutions for the repair and replacement of the mitral valve as well as the repair of the tricuspid valve Our breakthrough mitral valve treatment platform is based on a D-shaped ring which serves both as a docking station for Valcare’s unique replacement prosthesis, and as a highly-effective tool for mitral annulus repair.
Our mitral repair and replacement systems as well as our tricuspid repair solution establish Valcare as a leader in valve care, a responsibility we very much take to heart.
Mr. Shuki Porath has over 20 years of medical device managerial experience, bringing products from concept to market. Prior to joining Valcare Medical, Mr. Porath served as President & CEO at Keystone Heart.
Formerly, Mr. Porath served as Senior Executive at Biosense Webster, a Johnson & Johnson Company, holding various executive positions in the areas of product management, business development and clinical applications. He holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering, an M.Sc. and an MBA – all from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
SAMUEL M. SHAOLIAN
Founder & CTO
Mr. Samuel M. Shaolian has more than 30 years of experience in the design, development and management of biomedical devices and companies. Prior to founding Valcare Medical, Mr. Shaolian founded and served as CTO of Micardia Corporation, developing novel mitral repair systems.
In 2000, he founded Vettelink Corporation developing a minimally invasive instrumentation and method for spinal fusion Vertelink Corporation was acquired by Medtronic in 2003. Mr. Shaolian also served as Vice President of R&D for Endologix, designing and developing products for the treatment of aortic aneurysms.
Mr. Shaolian is an inventor and co-inventor, holding over 60 issued US patents. He holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering and a M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, Israel
Mr. Omer Ostro has 10 years of executive-level financial management experience at both private and public companies in the finance and high-tech sectors. Prior to joining Valcare Medical, over the past few years Mr. Ostro has been providing outsourced financial advisory, control and CFO services, primarily in the high-tech and bio-med sectors, as well as financial expert opinions to courts and insurance companies.
Previously, he managed the valuation team of Emerging Market Structured Credit desk at Barclays Investment Bank in London and served as a Senior Associate at PwC Israel. Mr. Ostro is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.Sc in Economics and Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University and an M.Sc in Finance and Economics (with Merit) from the London School of Economics – LSE
VP R&D and Engineering
Mr. Nadav Yellin has years of experience in design, development and management of R&D Projects in the field of cardiovascular devices. He has been involved with Valcare since the inception of the company in 2012 and is leading product development.
Prior to joining Valcare, he served as team leader for Medtronic Ventor, designing and developing implants and delivery systems for percutaneous mitral valve treatments. Previously, Mr. Yellin served as a mechanical design engineer at Israeli Aircraft Industries. He holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering as well as a B.Sc in Biomedical Engineering from Ben Gurion University, Israel.
DR. DAVID MEERKIN
Dr. David Meerkin is an interventional cardiologist and a pioneer of interventions in structural and congenital heart disease. His experience covers most procedures in this field with emphasis on occlusion devices as well as the mitral valve, having developed a leading center for structural and congenital interventions in Jerusalem. Dr. Meerkin has been extensively involved in device development for nearly two decades consulting for many Israeli and international companies. A regular speaker at leading international conventions, Dr. Meerkin trained in Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, specialized in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and subsequently in Interventional Cardiology at the Montreal Heart Institute in Canada.
Director of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs
Mrs. Anat Eitan brings to Valcare experience in regulatory and clinical affairs both in medical device and pharma industries. Prior to joining Valcare, Ms. Eitan worked at Refine Ltd. providing in-house regulatory services and clinical trial support to medical device companies in several medical fields. Her combined clinical and regulatory experience led to successful regulatory submissions.
Previously, Anat held clinical trial positions at EnzySurge Ltd., a medical device company, and at Averion International CRO. She moved to the clinical trial field following years of clinical experience as a clinical dietitian at Sheba Medical Center and at the Public Health Services in Israel
Director of Quality Assurance
Mr. Gabriel Salmon has over 15 years of quality assurance experience in both pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Prior to joining Valcare Medical, Mr. Salmon worked at Johnson & Johnson as Head of Quality Assurance in a medical device production facility. Previously, Gabi served as the quality lead at Medtronic-Ventor, a company involved in heart valve development and production. He holds a BA in Management from the Open University and is a certified CRA.