An Iowa high school alumni and MIT geneticist will be a featured expert this Sunday on the national news program “60 Minutes” during a segment explaining CRISPR technology. Feng Zhang is a 2000 graduate of Roosevelt High School now working for Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Des Moines Register reports. Zhang […]

A Des Moines-based direct-care agency has developed an in-house mobile documentation application that could also provide a less-expensive option for other care agencies. HOPE Agency, a nonprofit community-based provider of holistic care for children and adults with special needs, recently rolled out Quik Cliks, a documentation app that it built for its staff using an […]

In the next few years, you might be saying goodbye to that file cabinet of insurance policies. The eight startup founders presenting at last night’s Global Insurance Symposium represented the latest graduating class of the Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator, which has graduated 26 startup companies from the program as of Wednesday, director Brian Hemesath […]

Three University of Iowa engineering students were searching for a bioscience project, and one horsewoman, Mona Metcalf, had a life-impacting problem for them. The Daily Iowan reports on students Paighton Schrupp, Madison Chrisman, Glen Schoenbeck Jr. and Elizabeth Niedert worked with Metcalf to design a specialty attachment for Metcalf’s prosthetic leg so she could start […]

Des Moines-based fintech startup LenderClose announced Tuesday the business has secured funding to add 25 new employees. Since launching in March 2016, LenderClose has added 100 lenders to its client list; in March 2018, LenderClose secured investment from two Iowa credit unions and added Chief Operating Officer Ben Rempe to its team. LenderClose’s latest round […]

Deere & Company will be building a new 33,000-square-foot design and testing facility in Ames for agricultural spraying and applications technology, the company announced in a statement Wednesday. The facility is expected to be completed by summer 2019 at the Iowa State University Research Park, and will allow increased collaboration with ISU faculty and students, […]

CenturyLink Inc. has completed a networking communications overhaul for the nonprofit Boys Town National Hotline’s Sioux City office, CenturyLink announced last week. CenturyLink installed a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network to connect 12 Boys Town facilities throughout the U.S. Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000) operates 24/7 and received more than 180,000 calls and online contacts […]

Mediacom Communications reports the company’s discounted broadband service, Connect2Compete, is now providing service to more than 1,000 low-income families with K-12 students, including 256 families in Iowa. The program partners with national nonprofit EveryoneOn to provide affordable, high-speed service to students who qualify for the National School Lunch program. Currently, 62 Iowa communities have eligible […]