Lars Oddsson is an experienced biomedical scientist, an inventor, a visionary leader and an entrepreneur. He is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of RxFunction, a start-up based on Oddsson’s IP commercializing walkasins®, a wearable sensory prosthetic for balance. RxFunction was semifinalist twice and finalist in the 2013 MN-Cup. Dr. Oddsson teaches in the Medical Device Innovation program at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota where he also holds a position as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is Visiting Professor at the Recanati School of Health Professions at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Previously, Dr. Oddsson initiated and led the Injury Analysis and Prevention Lab at Boston University’s Neuromuscular Research Center, where he was a faculty research professor. In Boston he held temporary adjunct appointments at Harvard Medical School and at MIT. Previously, Oddsson was the founding Director of Research at the Courage Kenny Research Center at Allina Health. He is co-investigator and consultant to NASA’s Johnson Space Center on projects related to development of sensorimotor countermeasures to long-term spaceflight.
Lars has a broad background in physiology, engineering, rehabilitation sciences and technology development. He has served as a principal investigator and authored numerous papers on various biomedical, neuromotor control, and rehabilitation studies. His Board services include LifeScience Alley (now Medical Alley), Alley Institute, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the University of MN Senate Governance Disabilities Issues Committee. Lars received engineering training at Linköping University, his doctorate in Medical Sciences at the Karolinska Institute, both in Sweden, post-doctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University and a mini-MBA in medtech management at the University of St. Thomas.