Dr. Giacomo Vacca

Kinetic River Corp.
897 Independence Avenue, Suite 4A
Mountain View , CA 94043
Office: 650-269-0726

Introduction

Dr. Vacca is President of Kinetic River Corp., a Silicon Valley biomedical instrumentation company focused on cell analysis and in vitro diagnostics. As a consultant, Dr. Vacca specializes in flow cytometry, hematology analysis, instrumentation design, and optics. As expert witness, he has produced a number of reports and has testimony experience in the fields of flow cytometry, cell sorting, and particle separation. Activities at Kinetic River include conceiving, designing, developing, building and selling new flow cytometry instrumentation; conducting design reviews, technology and IP assessments, and technical due diligence; and delivering training seminars in flow cytometry and biophotonics. Dr. Vacca also serves as Chief Science Officer of BeamWise, Inc., an optical system design automation software company.


Areas of Expertise

  • Analytical Testing Labs
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Design Engineering
  • Intellectual Property
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Devices
  • Patents
  • Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Telecommunications

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Education:

• Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Stanford University, California, USA
• B.A./M.A. in Physics cum laude in general studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
• International Baccalaureate, Lester B. Pearson College, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Awards & Honors:

• Senior Member, SPIE, 2015
• Research Fellow of the 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
• Bronze Award for innovation, Abbott Hematology, 2008
• Abbott Diagnostics Technical Advisory Board Technical Leadership Award Nominee, Abbott Park, 2008
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: • SPIE Short Course Instructor, 2015-present
• CYTO Program Committee Member (ISAC), 2013-present
• CYTO Reviewer (ISAC), 2013-present
• Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley (IEEE-CNSV), 2011-present
• Bio2Device Group (B2DG), 2011-present
• International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), 2006-present
• The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), 2005-present
• The Optical Society (OSA), 1998-present
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Over 30 conference session and workshop chair, moderator, and keynote, invited, and panel speaker engagements, including:

• Invited Speaker, VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meeting Lunch, CLEO (San Jose, CA, 2017)
• Moderator, Technology Transfer Program, CLEO:EXPO (San Jose, CA, 2017)
• Panel Speaker, “Technology and Markets: What bioinstrumentation developers need from the photonics industry,”
Laser & Photonics Marketplace Seminar (San Francisco, CA, 2017)
• Panel Speaker, “Entrepreneurship and Uncertainty,” 10th Women Intel Network Conference (Folsom, CA, 2016)
• Mentor, Health Startups Pitch Sessions, Startup Weekend Sacramento Health Edition (Sacramento, CA, 2016)
• Panel Speaker, “Prospects and Future of Microfluidics,” Photonics West (San Francisco, CA, 2016)
• Keynote Speaker, “System Design Convergence: From Concept to Working Instrument in < 8 Wks,” 20th International Conference of the Society for Design and Process Science (Ft. Worth, TX, 2015)
• Chair, “Flow Cytometry Trends and Drivers,” Workshop at CYTO, the XXX International Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (Glasgow, Scotland, 2015)
• Moderator, Technology Transfer Program, CLEO:EXPO (San Jose, CA, 2015)
• Invited Speaker, “Human Cell Analysis: The Technology Behind The World's Most Common Diagnostic Test,” IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley Meeting (Santa Clara, CA, 2014)
• Moderator, Technology Pitch Session, CLEO:EXPO (San Jose, CA, 2014)
• Co-chair, “New Instruments,” Session at CYTO, the XXIX International Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2014)
• Invited Speaker, “Advances in Optical Design,” Meeting of the Northern California Section of the OSA (Palo Alto, CA, 2014)
• Invited Speaker, “Automated Design Tools for Biophotonic Systems,” Photonics West: OPTO (San Francisco, CA, 2014)
• Invited Speaker, “New Tools for Cell Analysis: High-Throughput Fluorescence Lifetime,” Leibniz Association Seminar, Deutsche Rheumaforschungszentrum (Berlin, Germany, 2014)
• Co-chair, “Trends in Cytometry Instrumentation,” Workshop at the XXVIII International Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (San Diego, CA, 2013)
• Invited Speaker, “Laser Rastering: Acousto-optical deflectors put to use in medical diagnostics” 19th Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association (Detroit, MI, 2010)

Seminars & Training:

• Seminar Instructor, “Intermediate Flow Cytometry,” full-day seminar at major biomedical instrumentation company (California, 2017)
• Short Course Instructor, “Flow Cytometry Trends & Drivers,” SPIE Photonics West (San Francisco, CA, 2017)
• Short Course Instructor, “Flow Cytometry Trends & Drivers,” SPIE Photonics West (San Francisco, CA, 2016)
• Short Course Instructor, “Flow Cytometry Trends & Drivers,” SPIE Photonics West (San Francisco, CA, 2015)
• Seminar Instructor, “Flow Cytometry Seminar,” full-day seminar at leading optical sensors company (California, 2014)
• Seminar Instructor, "Flow Cytometry: Principles, Applications, Market Trends and Technology Drivers," 2-day site-wide seminar series at leading optics & photonics company (United Kingdom and Germany, 2014)
• Seminar Instructor, “Flow cytometry: A technical overview,” R&D group at leading optics and photonics company (2012)
• Seminar Instructor “Flow cytometry: A technical overview,” R&D group at leading test & measurement company (2011)
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Six
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Flow cytometry, cell sorting, particle analysis, hematology analysis
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 84%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 16%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Two
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: April 2017
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: N/A
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: N/A
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Two and a half
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Expert witnessing (both testifying and not); technical due diligence; technology reviews and analyses; intellectual property landscape analyses;
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $475
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $475
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $475
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $475
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Approved out-of-pocket expenses to be fully reimbursed


References

Available Upon Request


Video

Making a Flow Cytometer This video shows the making of a flow cytometer, a laboratory instrument for analyzing cells.