Russell Odegard, MBA 2002 Entrepreneurial Spirit

Russell Odegard graduated in 2002 with a MBA and has a BSc with specialization in Microbiology from the University of Alberta, Canada. Russell is the co-founder and managing partner of DYNALABS LLC, an internationally recognized contract laboratory and quality assurance service supplier to the hospital, pharmacy, and pharmaceutical marketplaces. Russell possesses over 30 years of experience that spans basic cancer research, product development, and operations and quality management in the medical diagnostic, life sciences and pharmacy industries. Over the course of his career, Russell has held executive-level positions in small start-ups as well as large corporations, and successfully launched two companies, coordinated the development and commercialization of over 700 products worldwide, and received two patents.

Russell, his business partner Michael Pruett, and their wives Lina Odegard and Leslie Compton-Pruett fund student scholarships at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Russell serves on the Financial Advisory Board at UMSL, the MOBIO Board of Directors, and enjoys guest speaking at local colleges whenever he gets the chance.

In his spare time, Russell enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, exercising, riding motorcycles, and traveling with his wife Lina.