Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators is based on an analysis of overall patent volume, patent-grant success rates, global reach and invention influence as evidenced by citations. For 2015, Thomson Reuters expanded the analysis with a closer examination of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The addition of Top San Francisco Bay Area Innovators, compares the innovation activity of Silicon Valley to the Top 100 Global Innovators and provides insight into growing technology fields. The analysis identified notable differences, as well as some similarities, between the two groups. Despite sharp declines in global innovation, the semiconductor space continues to dominate in the Bay Area, representing 26 percent of the overall list. Pharmaceuticals are highly represented in the Bay Area and Top 100, demonstrating their evolving focus in advancing precision medicine, genomics and drug repurposing.
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“In today’s hypercompetitive global marketplace, innovation requires much more than having a great idea. True innovation occurs when organizations harness the power of intellectual property rights and commercial insight to bring an idea to life,” said Dave Brown, senior vice president, Thomson Reuters IP &Science. “This is the potent formula we apply to our Top 100 Global Innovator program. The institutions on this year’s list represent the current vanguard in innovation by pioneering new breakthroughs and organizing their businesses to make new discoveries a reality.”
Now in its fifth year, the Top 100 Global Innovators is the first ongoing analysis of the relationships between patent protection, innovation and economic success. For comparison purposes, Thomson Reuters conducts a year-over-year analysis of three core metrics: revenue, number of employees, and investment in research and development. The analysis is based on local currencies. For 2015, the MSCI World Index was chosen as the benchmark to reflect the highly global nature of the Top 100 Innovators; previous years were benchmarked against the S&P 500, which comprises only US-listed companies.
Visit http://top100innovators.stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com/ to access the list of 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators and download the full report to view the analyis and the list of Top Bay Area Innovators.