Bio::Neos and the Development of Classroom Clinic 

Bio::Neos, Inc., a custom software consulting company based in Coralville, Iowa, provides full software design and development services to healthcare companies, life sciences researchers, healthcare companies, and other scientific groups. With our strong history of providing our software development services for scientists throughout the nation, along with our scientific advisory board's decades of experience in bioinformatics research, our team is uniquely positioned to understand the problem space of our clients and provide the ideal software solutions to address them.


Sue Gehling has dedicated her life to providing youth mental health services as a Nurse Practitioner. Living in rural Iowa, she witnessed first-hand the struggles of patients and their families trying to find these necessary services. These services could help kids who were struggling academically, behaviorally, or with familial issues by addressing them early. She identified that accessesibility was the biggest factor in determining whether children would get help or not as families would have to decide if they could invest a full day to travel and counseling. Sue believed that an online platform could be built to provide these communities with the access they needed to help children where they spend much of their time: in school.

The Challenge

As her concept continued to develop, Sue was faced with the real world challenges of implementing her platform. While the end goal was clear to see, knowing the steps along the way was a mystery. She started with documenting what the system should do and then shopped around to compare costs and timelines. But this only gave Sue a strict proposal that had a timeline of over one year, a price of more than $200,000, and a platform that made numerous assumptions about user requirements that gave little room for future iteration. Ultimately, Sue was left wondering, “will this investment get me what I truly want and need?” 

The Solution

Steve Davis, president of Bio::Neos, and Sue began their professional relationship through networking and simple conversations about their goals. Once trust was established, Sue recognized the expertise of the Bio::Neos team and she then asked Steve to review the proposals she received from other companies. As Scientific Technology Architects, we wanted to step back from the technology implementation and first learn more about the system goals. By pausing with Sue to learn about her hopes to impact the community, we were able to identify the core features that would make her platform most successful. At this point, we recognized that the user experience and requirements were still unknown. For the best user adoption possible, we decided to focus on core features to build out an agile roadmap and get an MVP into testing. 

With an initial budget of $20,000 and a 2-month development timeline, together we created a core-elements platform that enabled Sue to reach rural students. By realigning her initial investment by 90%, Sue was able to quickly begin pilot projects with school districts to demonstrate the ROI for both schools and potential investors. This MVP opened the door for her to receive additional funding for ongoing platform development. 

A Continuing Relationship

After collaboratively defining the roadmap and identifying the highest value features for the platform, we got to work crafting the best user experience for Sue’s customers. By conducting user interviews, we worked at curating the user interfaces and experiences of each feature through incremental releases. We challenged our initial ideas and developed features with real user input, in real time, ultimately eliminating the waste of resources to correct any invalid assumptions and improving user adoption. 

With Bio::Neos as her trusted technology partner, Sue could focus on her students, networking, grant writing, and the outcomes of the development. As Sue solidifies her company’s direction and shapes dimensions of her platform, Bio::Neos will collaborate as an ongoing and flexible partner. 

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