2020 tables: Institutions - life sciences

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 35.68 39.67 122 10.5%
2 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 25.99 23.17 64 -11.4%
3 Yonsei University, South Korea 18.33 15.71 57 -14.8%
4 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 14.57 13.07 45 -10.8%
5 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 7.91 11.93 32 50.0%
6 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 2.97 10.88 25 263.9%
7 Korea University, South Korea 7.51 9.51 37 26.0%
8 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 5.83 9.01 32 53.6%
9 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 5.41 6.60 23 21.2%
10 Konkuk University, South Korea 2.71 5.18 14 89.9%
11 Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), South Korea 5.24 4.28 25 -18.8%
12 Ajou University (AJOU), South Korea 3.95 3.79 13 -4.7%
13 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 4.55 3.59 23 -21.5%
14 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 0.04 3.57 14 7,812.0%
15 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 2.69 3.46 14 28.2%
16 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 2.93 3.13 10 6.0%
17 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 0.51 2.96 14 479.3%
18 The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea 0.52 2.57 10 392.1%
19 Samsung Group, South Korea 1.66 2.55 19 52.3%
20 National Cancer Center (NCC), South Korea 2.11 2.52 11 19.2%
21 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 1.82 2.48 13 35.2%
22 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 2.62 2.47 14 -6.3%
23 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 1.43 2.22 7 55.0%
24 University of Ulsan (UOU), South Korea 4.23 2.03 20 -52.4%
25 Inha University, South Korea 1.44 1.90 3 31.3%
26 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 2.80 1.79 14 -36.4%
27 Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), South Korea 1.17 1.75 9 49.0%
28 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 2.54 1.54 18 -39.7%
29 Sogang University, South Korea 1.33 1.45 2 8.4%
30 CHA University (CHA), South Korea 0.98 1.41 5 43.3%
31 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea 5.07 1.37 10 -73.2%
32 Chonnam National University, South Korea 4.50 1.33 14 -70.6%
33 Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), South Korea 1.09 1.19 12 8.3%
34 Dongguk University, South Korea 0.65 1.04 5 59.5%
35 Daegu Haany University, South Korea 0.95 3 N/A
36 Catholic Kwandong University (CKU), South Korea 0.24 0.85 2 252.8%
37 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 3.06 0.81 10 -73.5%
38 Soongsil University, South Korea 0.22 0.64 3 187.6%
39 Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea 0.21 0.62 4 195.9%
40 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 0.13 0.54 2 300.4%
41 Gachon University (GCU), South Korea 0.50 0.53 7 5.6%
42 Wonkwang University, South Korea 0.95 0.50 3 -47.4%
43 Pharmicell Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.43 1 N/A
44 Soonchunhyang University (SCH), South Korea 1.06 0.41 4 -61.7%
45 Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), South Korea 0.06 0.40 1 536.3%
45 Daejeon University, South Korea 0.40 1 N/A
46 ToolGen, Inc., South Korea 1.02 0.38 2 -62.9%
47 Dankook University (DKU), South Korea 0.74 0.38 4 -49.2%
48 Handong Global University (HGU), South Korea 0.37 2 N/A
49 Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS), South Korea 0.57 0.37 4 -35.2%
50 Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), South Korea 0.18 0.36 1 102.9%
51 Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), South Korea 0.31 0.30 2 -4.9%
52 Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA), South Korea 0.28 2 N/A
53 Inje University, South Korea 0.11 0.28 6 145.1%
54 Dongseo University (DSU), South Korea 0.25 1 N/A
55 Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), South Korea 0.10 0.24 2 139.4%
56 Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), South Korea 0.14 0.23 3 61.9%
57 Kangwon National University, South Korea 2.30 0.23 4 -90.1%
58 GeneOne Life Science, Inc., South Korea 0.22 1 N/A
59 Mokpo National University, South Korea 0.04 0.22 2 436.6%
60 LG Corporation, South Korea 0.15 0.21 3 41.1%
61 Sejong University, South Korea 0.82 0.21 2 -74.5%
61 Hongik University, South Korea 0.21 2 N/A
62 Jeju National University, South Korea 0.20 2 N/A
63 Korea Mouse Phenotyping Center (KMPC), South Korea 0.10 0.19 2 94.3%
64 Kookmin University, South Korea 0.60 0.19 3 -69.2%
65 National Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), South Korea 0.19 1 N/A
66 Dong-A University, South Korea 0.57 0.18 2 -67.8%
67 Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), South Korea 1.11 0.17 1 -85.1%
67 Hankyong National University, South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
67 Intelligent Synthetic Biology Center, South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
68 Hallym University, South Korea 0.80 0.16 3 -79.5%
69 Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), South Korea 1.39 0.16 2 -88.8%
70 Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea 0.14 3 N/A
71 Kwangwoon University, South Korea 0.11 0.12 3 9.2%
72 GeneMedicine Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.12 1 N/A
73 Center for Bionics, KIST, South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
74 Daegu Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation (DGMIF), South Korea 0.11 2 N/A
75 Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), South Korea 0.01 0.11 2 1,268.7%
76 SK holdings, South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
77 International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea 0.25 0.10 3 -60.9%
78 Keimyung University (KMU), South Korea 0.33 0.10 2 -70.9%
79 Dr. Hwang’s Hair‐Hair Clinic, South Korea 0.09 1 N/A
79 Gencurix, Inc., South Korea 0.09 1 N/A
80 KoBioLabs, Inc., South Korea 0.09 1 N/A
81 Duksung Women's University, South Korea 0.03 0.08 1 165.1%
82 Macrogen Inc., South Korea 0.08 2 N/A
83 Kongju National University, South Korea 0.07 3 N/A
84 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 0.07 1 N/A
85 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 0.07 1 N/A
86 Cheongju University, South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
86 Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK), South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
86 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
87 Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM), South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
87 Yuhan Corporation, South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
88 Segaon Women’s Hospital, South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
89 Penta Medix Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
90 Next Bio Inc., South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
90 Autotac Bio, South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
91 Yeungnam University, South Korea 0.12 0.05 2 -60.3%
92 Neurorive Inc., South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
93 Cantis Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.04 1 N/A
94 TR Biofab Co. Ltd., South Korea 0.04 1 N/A
94 Kemimedi Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.04 1 N/A
94 Megabiowood Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.04 1 N/A
95 Medytox Inc., South Korea 0.03 1 N/A
96 South Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), South Korea 0.15 0.03 2 -78.1%
97 Korea Institute of Toxicology (KIT), South Korea 0.06 0.03 1 -53.2%
98 Woorisoa Children's Hospital, South Korea 0.03 1 N/A
99 National Forensic Service (NFS), South Korea 0.03 1 N/A
100 Theragen Etex Bio Institute, South Korea 0.11 0.02 1 -77.9%

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.