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 M.S. in 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 a 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 the development of sensorimotor countermeasures to long-term spaceflight.
Dr. Oddsson 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. He 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.
Alternate Job Roles
President & Co-Founder - Rx Function Inc.
Adjunct Professor - Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Program in Rehabilitation Science
Medical School - University of Minnesota
Visiting Professor- Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Programs M.S. in Medical Device Innovation
Wearable technology development
Consulting NASA - Johnson Space Center, National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
Post-Doctoral Training NeuroMuscular Research Center Boston University
Ph.D. Medical Sciences Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
National Team Coach Program (Volleyball) & PE Teacher GIH - The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences Engineering
Coursework in Engineering - Technical Physics and Electrotechnology Linköping University
Currently Teaching Courses
Clinical Foundations of Medical Device Innovation (MDI 5004)
Publications & Awards
Honors and Awards
Coach of the year award - Swedish Volleyball Association
Honorary Award - International Track and Field Coaches Association, Olympics in Atlanta
“Preis der Dr. Heinz und Helene Adam-Stiftung” as Co-Author of paper “Sensory-motor control of the lower back: Implications for rehabilitation”
Award by The Vestibular Disorders Association “for outstanding contributions toward improving the lives of people with Vestibular Disorders