Innovation rankings: U.S. institutions are on top

Nine of the top 10 innovative institutions are located in the United States, according to new data published in Nature, a leading science journal.

Leading the 2017 Nature Index are the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, the Rockefeller University in New York and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science was the only non-U.S. institution to crack the top 10.

The index rates 200 elite international institutions based on research quality and influence on inventions.

Other top-ranking institutions from around the world include University of Strasbourg (16, France), University of Geneva (21, Switzerland), Hanyang University (23, South Korea), University of Dundee (26, United Kingdom) and Karolinska Institute (38, Sweden). From Japan, both Osaka University (31) and RIKEN (39) make the top 50, according to Nature.

Richard Jefferson, who developed the ranking system, calls the effort “a first step towards ‘innovation cartography.’ It will enable scientists, investors, businesses and policy makers to make better, evidence-based choices of partnerships and pathways to deliver new products, services and practices for society.”

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Top 10 institutions for innovation

1)  The Scripps Research Institute (California, USA)
2)  The Rockefeller University (New York, USA)
3)  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
4)  University of Massachusetts Medical School (USA)
5)  The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (USA)
6)  Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
7)  National Institutes of Health (USA)
8)  University of California San Francisco (USA)
9)  Stanford University (California, USA)
10)  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, USA)