The nine winning projects, organisations and scientists from seven countries, plus two commendations, as well as a winner of the Andrew Tyler Award were announced at a virtual prizegiving on November 11, 2020. The winners share a total prize fund of £250,000. The 2020 LUSH Prize saw the highest number of submissions to date, with 137 entries from 34 countries. No awards were given this year in the categories Political Achievement Award or Public Awareness (Future).


Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST)
Project: Erasing mandatory animal testing requirements and prioritising non-animal testing methods in the chemical registration process.

Also commended:
Medical Device In Vitro Irritation Team (MD-IV-IT)
Project: In Vitro Irritation Testing of Medical Devices.


SOKO Tierschutz
Project: Undercover investigation at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology.


Dr Tim Allen, The MIE Atlas Team, Cambridge University
Project: In Silico Models to Predict Human Molecular Initiating Events.

Also commended:
Dr Azra Raza, MDS Centre, Columbia University
Project: Tissue Repository.


Helpathon Team
The Netherlands
Project: TPI Helpathon.


All Young Researcher winners receive £10,000 each.

Edoardo Carnesecchi
Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Project: Early neurodevelopmental disturbances during sensitive periods of stem cell differentiation.

Nadine Dreser
University of Konstanz, Germany
Project: An innovative software platform to assess chemical mixtures toxicity and exposure.

Dr Domenico Gadaleta
Computational Toxicology Unit, Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, IRCCS, Italy
Project: Development of an Integrated Screening Method Based on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships Predicting Molecular Initiating Events of Neurotoxicity.

Dr Johanna Nyffeler
US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Project: High-throughput phenotypic profiling of human neural progenitor cells to identify putative modes-of-action of developmental neurotoxicants.

Dr Yuan Pang
Tsinghua University, China
Project: Construction of advanced in vitro tissue models based on 3D bioprinting and their application in drug discovery and toxicity test.


The Andrew Tyler Award for outstanding contribution to ending animal testing (a non-financial prize)

Andrew Rowan PhD
Andrew is President of Wellbeing International, and former CEO of Humane Society International. He has also served on the committees of several animal protection groups, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals.