Rockefeller is a leading institution in Nature Index ranking of innovation
The Rockefeller University ranks highly in a survey of academic institutions that sheds light on the impact their research is having on innovation. By examining how research articles are cited in patents owned by third parties—informed by and citing academic work—rather than those held by institutions themselves, the Nature Index 2017 Innovation ranking shows the influence of research on the development of products and services.
Rockefeller receives the second to highest placement, surpassed only by The Scripps Research Institute. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in third.
The ranking is based on the so-called normalized Lens influence metric, which considers an institution’s output between 1980 and 2015 cited in patent literature, and the value of the patents as perceived by the applicants. More information can be found here.