UT Southwestern Ranks No. 5 in World for Impact on Innovation

The institutions were evaluated based on the number of published research articles cited as major sources of third-party patent applications.

Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center are having a significant impact on industrial innovation, and a new list ranks the center No. 5 in the world for the number of published research articles cited as major sources of third-party patent applications.

The list was published in the Nature Index 2017 supplement to the Aug. 10 print edition of the journal Nature. The rankings were derived from a metric developed by The Lens, a public resource that offers searchable open-source databases of patents and software.

UTSW said that by tracking the route from discovery to commercial product, the metric helps institutions better evaluate their return on research investments.

“It is a sophisticated analytic to measure public policy return on investment and the support for public funding of research that will transfer into industry and the economy.”
Frank Grassler

“This is a gratifying recognition of UT Southwestern’s contributions to world-leading biomedical research as well as an important demonstration of the continuum from research to industry to the economy,” Frank Grassler, vice president for technology development in the Office for Technology Development at UT Southwestern, said in the release.

“It is a sophisticated analytic to measure public policy return on investment and the support for public funding of research that will transfer into industry and the economy.”

Who ranked at the top of the list?

The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego came in at No. 1, followed by Rockefeller University in New York. Third was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School was fourth.

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Francisco, Stanford University, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai completed the Top 10.

UT Southwestern’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes, and it includes 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 18 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

This week, it was ranked the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine ranked UT Southwestern No. 2 in Texas and among the top 50 in the nation.

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