Dale Wahlstrom, President & CEO
LifeScience Alley and The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
Dale retired from Medtronic in 2006 after 24 years. Most recently he served as V.P. of CRDM Venture Programs. Prior to this he served as V.P./G.M. of the CRDM Therapy Delivery business. Before Medtronic, he held management and sales positions at Litton Microwave and Burroughs Corporation and managed a clean technology start-up company.
Today he serves as the President and CEO of LifeScience Alley and The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. LifeScience Alley is the largest state-based life sciences trade association in the United States and provides industry players with a powerful forum for communication and collaboration through education, networking, and advocacy. The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota is an industry-led nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of bioscience-based businesses in the state of Minnesota. In 2011, in a partnership between LSA and the FDA, Dale led efforts to found the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Consortium.
Dale is currently a member of several board of directors, industrial advisory boards, and academic governance boards for different universities and companies. In 1988 he was a recipient of the Medtronic Star of Excellence Award, and in 1997 received the Wallin Leadership Award. In 2002 Dale was recognized as the outstanding graduate of the year by the engineering department of St. Cloud State University. In 2007 he was honored by Twin Cites Business Magazine and was the recipient of the Bioscience Success Story Award. In 2010 and 2011, Twin Cities Business Magazine selected Dale as one of 200 "Minnesotans You Should Know.". In 2013 he was awarded the Engineering Manager of the Year Award by the American Society of Engineering Managers. Also in 2013 he was awarded the Leaders in Health Care 2013: Champion Award by Minnesota Business Magazine. He currently has eleven patents in medical device technology.
Dale received his M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in 1994, and his B.S. in Engineering from St. Cloud State University in 1978.