Founder's Profile

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

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 life sciences, in vitro diagnostics, microfluidics, lasers, telecommunications, and the energy sector, including 26 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 (40 patents issued, 29 pending) and managed IP portfolios. A breakthrough technology he conceived and developed, Laser Rastering, boosted flow cytometry 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. 

Dr. Vacca has served as an expert witness, including testifying under deposition, in patent invalidity cases and other litigation in the fields of flow cytometry, cell sorting, particle analysis and particle separation.

Awards & Honors

Elite Expert

IMS Expert Services, 2017

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