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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 87.31 87.95 306 0.2%
2 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 80.69 80.54 352 -0.8%
3 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 47.47 51.79 168 8.5%
4 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 43.54 50.67 154 15.7%
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 41.82 47.91 198 13.9%
6 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 44.77 44.75 127 -0.6%
7 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 44.10 36.19 125 -18.4%
8 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 27.30 30.84 123 12.3%
9 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 27.29 24.41 111 -11.1%
10 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 9.61 9.40 99 -2.8%
11 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 9.60 9.11 30 -5.7%
12 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 4.50 6.68 23 47.5%
13 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 4.92 6.22 19 25.7%
14 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 7.57 6.19 16 -18.7%
15 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 3.72 5.41 52 44.7%
16 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 1.46 4.28 38 192.2%
17 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 1.94 4.23 24 116.4%
18 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 7.16 3.61 13 -49.9%
19 Nestlé S.A., Switzerland 1.07 3.20 9 197.2%
20 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.44 1.67 17 279.8%
21 Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland 0.89 1.57 9 74.8%
22 Agroscope, Switzerland 2.21 1.37 7 -38.1%
23 Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland 1.35 1.36 4 0.2%
24 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 0.93 0.99 7 5.9%
25 Nouscom AG, Switzerland 0.87 1 N/A
26 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 0.08 0.66 3 716.8%
27 Polyphor Ltd., Switzerland 0.53 1 N/A
28 Amt für Mittel- und Hochschulen (AMH) Thurgau, Switzerland 0.39 0.47 4 20.5%
29 Nanolive SA, Switzerland 0.38 1 N/A
30 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.40 0.35 5 -12.9%
31 Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG), Switzerland 0.20 0.33 4 63.6%
32 Dottikon Exclusive Synthesis AG, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
33 Biognosys AG, Switzerland 0.06 0.24 2 321.8%
34 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.25 0.22 3 -14.1%
35 Swiss Epilepsy Centre (EPI), Switzerland 0.21 1 N/A
36 Spectroswiss Sarl, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
37 Cantonal Hospital Baselland (KSBL), Switzerland 0.19 0.19 3 -1.3%
38 rqmicro AG, Switzerland 0.04 0.18 1 333.8%
39 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.17 3 N/A
40 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Switzerland 0.01 0.17 1 1,689.5%
40 Novimmune SA, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
40 Swiss Distance Learning University, Switzerland 0.17 2 N/A
41 Neurimmune Holding AG, Switzerland 0.33 0.17 2 -50.6%
42 Swiss Goat Breeding Association (SZZV), Switzerland 0.15 1 N/A
43 AC Immune S.A., Switzerland 0.02 0.15 2 841.9%
44 SensArs Neuroprosthetics Sàrl, Switzerland 0.15 2 N/A
45 Natural History Museum of Basel, Switzerland 0.18 0.14 1 -21.3%
45 Gloor Instruments AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
46 Swiss Vaccine Research Institute (SVRI), Switzerland 0.20 0.13 3 -35.7%
47 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland 0.02 0.12 2 588.7%
48 Galderma S.A., Switzerland 0.03 0.12 1 277.0%
49 Christine Kühne – Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE), Switzerland 0.06 0.11 2 89.5%
50 Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), Switzerland 0.11 3 N/A
51 Ichnos Sciences, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
51 Jacobs Foundation, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
52 Spirochrome AG, Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
53 Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), Switzerland 0.14 0.09 3 -36.2%
54 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 0.46 0.08 1 -82.1%
54 Department of Wildlife and Fishery Service Grison, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
54 AiNet GmbH, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
55 ProSpecieRara, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
55 Viventis Microscopy Sàrl, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
55 Malcisbo AG, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
56 GeNeuro SA, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
56 Selexis SA, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
57 Kleintierpraxis Laupeneck, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
58 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland 0.37 0.06 1 -82.6%
59 Centre de Gastroentérologie Beaulieu SA (GESB), Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
60 HiQScreen, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
61 Centre de Coordination pour la Protection des Amphibiens et Reptiles de Suisse (KARCH), Switzerland 0.11 0.06 1 -50.3%
62 RMS Foundation, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
63 Ostschweizer Kinderspital, Switzerland 0.02 0.05 3 123.5%
64 MAVA Foundation, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
65 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.15 0.05 1 -68.7%
65 University of Applied Sciences in Special Needs Education (HfH), Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
66 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.05 3 N/A
67 Botanical Garden Neuchâtel, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
68 GZO Spital Wetzikon, Switzerland 0.05 2 N/A
69 Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering (Wyss Center), Switzerland 0.27 0.04 1 -83.5%
70 St. Claraspital AG, Switzerland 0.33 0.04 2 -86.8%
71 Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), Switzerland 0.60 0.04 1 -92.8%
72 Kantonsspital Aarau AG, Switzerland 0.02 0.04 2 93.7%
73 Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
73 Cantonal Hospital of Winterthur (KSW), Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
74 Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), Switzerland 0.04 2 N/A
75 Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland 0.05 0.03 1 -38.7%
76 State Archive Nidwalden, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
77 Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, Switzerland 0.05 0.03 1 -36.7%
77 Wellmera AG, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
78 Mintaka Foundation for Medical Research, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
79 AnaPath GmbH, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
80 International Cancer Prevention Institute (ICPI), Switzerland 0.06 0.02 1 -57.4%
81 Veterinary Anaesthesia Services (VAS) – International, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
82 GroundWork LLC, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
83 Therachon AG, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
84 Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
85 University of St. Gallen (UNISG), Switzerland 0.60 0.01 1 -97.8%
86 Cantonal Institute of Microbiology (ICM), Switzerland 0.02 0.01 1 -41.9%
86 Positive Council Switzerland, Switzerland 0.02 0.01 1 -41.9%
87 San Giovanni Hospital, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
88 IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
89 ARA Region Bern AG, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
90 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
91 Mymetics S.A., Switzerland 0.00 0.01 2 107.8%
91 IPPOX Foundation, Switzerland 0.00 0.01 2 107.8%
92 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland 0.28 0.00 1 -98.8%
93 Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (UPKBS), Switzerland 0.51 0.00 1 -99.5%
94 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 0.00 1 N/A
95 Lamprecht und Stamm Sozialforschung und Beratung AG (L&S), Switzerland 0.00 1 N/A

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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.