Top 100 Global Innovators for 2023 revealed [Report]

Our Top 100 Global Innovators™ report and list for 2023 is out. For 12 years, Clarivate™ has identified the companies and institutions whose research and innovation don’t just sit on the edge of possibility but define it. The Top 100 Global Innovators demonstrate the talent and judgement to lead, to create new possibilities and horizons. View this year’s most innovative organizations and explore the modern innovation landscape in our latest report.

Innovating at the edge of possibility

Improvement and innovation are achieved by those who go first, and often, those that go further than others and take greater risks. They do so in the knowledge that innovative new ideas and solutions to current problems influence more than their financials – they foster genuine improvement to the human condition and the health of our habitats.

Our annual Top 100 report identifies the 100 companies and organizations that demonstrate consistent above-the-bar innovation performance. These are organizations that choose to employ thousands of researchers, to invest in science and engineering, to pursue ideas that create new ground and to practice the leadership that means mountains are conquered.

But the path of the decision makers is getting tougher. They face pressure from all directions – from their customers, peers and within their own organizations. They balance competing priorities – of what is possible and what is most likely to deliver the greatest benefits and returns. The hazards of delay, failure and repetition weigh on the shoulders of the decision makers. Despite all of these challenges, the 100 most innovative organizations for 2023 demonstrate the talent and judgement to make tough innovation calls.

Introducing, the Top 100 Global Innovators 2023.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator for the 10th consecutive year, along with so many esteemed companies. And we are excited about the future and the potential of innovation to help solve the world’s most pressing issues.”

Roy Jakobs, CEO Philips

Top 100 Global Innovators methodology – where all ideas compete equally

Our Top 100 Global Innovators program uses a complete comparative analysis of global invention data to assess the strength of every patented idea, using measures tied directly to their innovative power.

To move from the individual idea strength to identifying the organizations that create them more consistently and frequently, we set threshold criteria that potential candidates must meet and then add a measure of their patented innovation output over the last five years[1].

We do this by using our Derwent World Patents Index™ (DWPI™), created by Clarivate science and engineering expert editors, which acts as the library of human invention and patented problem solving and the Derwent Patents Citation Index™ which focuses on inventions that have been referenced by applicants and patent examiners in later, downstream patent applications.

The Top 100 Global Innovators are those that sit at the very top of the candidate longlist, with the most consistently above-the-bar performance versus all other inventions in history.

You can learn more about our full methodology here.

New this year: the top 50 most cited institutions by the Top 100

The flow of modern innovation is fed by many intersecting pockets of research discipline. At Clarivate, by bringing together our enriched data on inventive activity and scientific discovery, we have the privilege of witnessing this flow, visualizing it and helping to open it up for the decision makers and innovators that lean on ideation data.

This year, for the first time, we track how knowledge created graduates to practical engineered solutions and identify the 50 institutions most often cited by the Top 100 Global Innovators 2023, a list that is diverse and global.

View the full list of 50 institutions here.

2023 report key findings

The Top 100 Global Innovators 2023 come from 12 countries and regions. Asia extends its dominance with 58 organizations on the list, up from 54 last year. From a sector perspective, ‘electronics and computing equipment’ is the largest industry sector of the Top 100 Global Innovators 2023. The ‘chemicals and materials’ sector and ‘semiconductor’ category are in joint second followed by the ‘automotive’ sector.

See more analysis from the 2023 report here.

Enriched data and intelligence beyond the Top 100

In this year’s report, we continue to extend the view  beyond  the Top 100 Global Innovators to better understand the global innovation ecosystem.

Leaning on our complete Global Innovators dataset, including the top 2,000 organizations longlisted in the process, we can visualize the performance of countries, regions and industry sectors.

This allows a deeper view into each industry, highlighting which countries and regions are taking the lead in key sectors, offering transformative intelligence to help companies and organizations navigate the innovation landscape and guide their innovation and intellectual property (IP) decision making.

Yet beyond the process of the Top 100 Global Innovators, complete global research and innovation datasets from Clarivate are used daily by innovators to visualize and guide their work and decision making, adding clarity to the complex dynamics of modern innovation ecosystems.

To learn more about obtaining our Complete Global Innovators dataset and the ways we can help you to achieve the potential of your IP, contact us here.

Gaining clarity from a complex global innovation landscape

The modern innovation landscape is a rich tapestry of individual threads that define the current boundaries of knowledge. Innovation and idea intelligence defining the current edge of possibility exists and is fundamental to innovation decision making.

We congratulate the Top 100 Global Innovators 2023. They continue to keep their eyes on the horizon and through their innovation, define the technological improvements of the decades to come.

Learn about the full Top 100 list, our methodology, the 2023 analysis and more here.


[1] The five-year evaluation window for Top 100 Global Innovators 2023 is 2017 to 2021.