Liver Engineering Prize

Rallying scientists worldwide to bioengineer a new liver.

The Liver Engineering Prize attracted 13 teams from multiple countries to pursue the creation of a functioning liver that could keep a large mammal alive. The prize deadline expired on December 31st, 2018 without successful completion the full requirements. However, many advancements have been made towards engineering liver tissue and new technologies are continuing to be pursued that were spurred on by the Liver Engineering Prize.

The Liver Engineering Prize also helped spark the Alliance's bioengineering road-mapping initiative to identify more specific challenges along the pathways toward creating fully functioning organs such as a liver. Among others, the road-mapping work identified thick-tissue vascularization as a key hurdle for organ engineering research. The New Organ Research Alliance has now partnered with NASA in hosting the Vascular Tissue Challenge to help overcome this cross-cutting bioengineering need.

The Prize

A $1,000,000 award was available to the first team that could meet the required guidelines for liver tissue engineering by December 31, 2018. 


Create a regenerative or bioengineered solution capable of keeping a large mammal alive for ninety days without it's native liver function.

The Teams

Learn more about the people that are continuing to work on making bioengineered livers a very real possibility for the future.

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