We are a community of practitioners from the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and software industries. We have launched the User Experience (UX) for Life Sciences (LS) project to enable business to adopt UX principles and methods as they develop scientific software. Our first deliverable will be a toolkit.

Why the UXLS project?

UX is a powerful tool for supporting the creation of effective and usable interfaces. Whilst UX is relatively widespread, the full potential of UX is still to be realised in the life sciences. The goal of this project is to empower life science professionals to get the most from these UX resources.

Who will be involved?

This project aims to enable UX in the R&D life sciences through engagement with a wider audience including stakeholders such as senior management. Our vision is to communicate the value added by UX at all levels of our organisations.

What is the toolkit?

The unique selling point of the toolkit will be its focus on issues faced in developing digital products specifically for R&D in the life science and healthcare environments. The UXLS toolkit will include UX techniques, methods and business-critical metrics.

UXLS Publications

UX Design maximising the value of scientific software in life science R&D by Jenny Cham (EMBL-EBI, UK), Katrina Costa (EMBL-EBI, UK)

Summer 2017 issue, Drug Discovery World magazine (re-produced with kind permission from Drug Discovery World Summer 2017 Vol. 18 No. 3 Page 56-65)

You can also read the article from the Drug Discovery World website: UX Design maximising the value of scientific software in life science R&D


How do I get involved?

If you would like to participate or have any further questions, please contact our project manager Paula de Matos (paula.dematos@pistoiaalliance.org).

If you have any other questions relating to the Pistoia Alliance, please reach out to John Wise (john.wise@pistoiaalliance.org).

Our project champions:

  • Joel Miller
  • Pat Keller
  • Till Dettmering

Project members include