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 Toolkit

The UXLS project website is already helping others to produce more usable digital products for the life sciences and healthcare industry thanks to its methods and case studies

Project members include

Paula de Matos

Pistoia Alliance

Paula is the project manager for the PA UXLS project. With a background in UX and Life Sciences, she is well placed to steer the project.

Pat Keller


Pat is the global Head of User Experience at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. With a background in HCI and Psychology, Pat brings his many years in UX Experience.

Joel Miller


Joel is the UX lead at Amgen, one of the world's leading biotechnology companies. Joel is a veteran of the UX industry and has worked extensively in the Life Sciences industry.

Till Dettmering

Leica Microsystems

Having spent many years using scientific software, Till started the UXLS project to bring together UX professionals who work in life sciences. He now is a UX consultant at Leica Microsystems, one of the world's largest imaging companies.


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).