Lars Oddsson, PhD

Portrait of Lars Oddsson, PhD

Lars Oddsson, PhD

TLI Faculty, Capstone Advisor, Technological Leadership Institute

Education

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

Biography

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

Expertise

  • Innovation incubation
  • Grant writing/development
  • Neuromotor control
  • Rehabilitation science
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Wearable technology development
  • Medical devices

Consulting
NASA - Johnson Space Center, National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary

Currently Teaching Courses
Clinical Foundations of Medical Device Innovation (MDI 5004)

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

Senior Member of IEEE