Founder's Profile

Giacomo Vacca, Ph.D.
Volwiler Research Fellow
OSA Senior Member
SPIE Senior Member


Biography
Giacomo Vacca earned his B.A. and M.A. in Physics from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. His dissertation, under the guidance of Nobel Prize winner Bob Laughlin, introduced a new ultrafast optical technique for investigating microscopic fluid phenomena.

Dr. Vacca's career spans the energy sector, telecommunications, lasers, microfluidics, and medical diagnostics, including 25 years of experience in research and development and other functional roles. He has set up whole laboratories from scratch, started and led development projects, managed large multifunctional groups, generated intellectual property (20 patents issued, 17 pending) and managed IP portfolios. A breakthrough technology he conceived and developed, Laser Rastering, boosted flow cytometric analysis throughput by a factor of 30. Among the products he helped develop and bring to market are flow cytometers, hematology analyzers, solid-state lasers, and integrated waveguide optical components. 


Awards & Honors


Senior Member

International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2015


Research Fellow
Volwiler Scientific Society

Abbott Laboratories, 2010



Senior Member

Optical Society of America, 2010


Top Research Platinum Award
for Laser Rastering

Abbott Hematology, 2009


Silver Award
for Outstanding Technical Leadership

Abbott Hematology, 2009


Technical Leadership Award Nominee
Abbott Diagnostics
Technical Advisory Board

Abbott Laboratories, 2008