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.

Project Deliverables

Since our inception in 2017 our community has created the following deliverables:

  • A UX for Life Sciences Toolkit to enable businesses to adopt UX principles and methods as they develop scientific software.
  • UXLS Procurement Guidelines – to help teams identify off-the-shelf products or solutions which may provide better usability and meet your users needs.
  • UXLS Maturity Model – a model to evaluate the maturity of UX in your organisation, project or team.


We continue to work on other projects such as a UX maturity model for the life sciences which will speed up the adoption of UX in the life sciences.

Why is this important?

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.

What will the project achieve?

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.

How will the project do this?

The project has built a toolkit which focus’s on issues faced in developing digital products specifically for R&D in the life science and healthcare environments. The UXLS toolkit includes UX techniques, methods and business-critical metrics.