2021 tables: Institutions - life sciences

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 39.67 47.41 161 9.8%
2 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 23.17 27.43 93 8.8%
3 Yonsei University, South Korea 15.71 22.69 74 32.7%
4 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 13.07 15.53 65 9.1%
5 Korea University, South Korea 9.51 11.58 64 11.8%
6 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 9.01 8.13 60 -17.2%
7 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 11.93 7.55 29 -41.9%
8 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 6.60 6.99 24 -2.8%
9 Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), South Korea 4.28 6.75 29 44.8%
10 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 3.46 5.88 22 56.1%
11 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 3.59 4.83 22 23.6%
12 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea 1.37 4.42 14 196.9%
13 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 10.88 3.95 23 -66.7%
14 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 2.47 3.78 18 40.6%
15 Chonnam National University, South Korea 1.33 3.23 15 122.9%
16 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 0.81 3.16 10 256.9%
17 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 1.79 3.15 29 61.6%
18 University of Ulsan (UOU), South Korea 2.03 3.07 25 39.1%
19 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 2.96 2.76 18 -14.2%
20 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 3.13 2.54 6 -25.4%
21 Samsung Group, South Korea 2.55 2.43 29 -12.4%
22 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 1.54 2.27 22 35.0%
23 The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea 2.57 2.22 13 -20.7%
24 Gachon University (GCU), South Korea 0.53 2.19 11 278.0%
25 National Cancer Center (NCC), South Korea 2.52 2.05 17 -25.4%
26 Ajou University (AJOU), South Korea 3.79 1.69 8 -59.1%
27 Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), South Korea 1.75 1.66 9 -12.9%
28 Konkuk University, South Korea 5.18 1.55 10 -72.5%
29 Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea 0.62 1.44 6 115.8%
30 Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), South Korea 1.19 1.27 15 -2.0%
31 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 2.48 1.17 7 -56.8%
32 Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), South Korea 0.30 1.12 7 248.4%
33 Cellivery, South Korea 0.89 1 N/A
34 Mokpo National University, South Korea 0.22 0.88 3 272.3%
35 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 0.54 0.87 5 49.0%
36 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 3.57 0.84 5 -78.4%
37 South Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), South Korea 0.03 0.79 13 2,155.5%
38 Dong-A University, South Korea 0.18 0.77 7 282.9%
39 CHA University (CHA), South Korea 1.41 0.72 3 -52.9%
40 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 2.22 0.68 4 -71.9%
41 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 0.06 0.67 4 888.7%
42 Chosun University, South Korea 0.66 2 N/A
43 Kangwon National University, South Korea 0.23 0.59 7 135.1%
44 Dankook University (DKU), South Korea 0.38 0.56 8 35.5%
45 AmorePacific Corporation, South Korea 0.50 1 N/A
46 Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS), South Korea 0.37 0.37 4 -6.8%
47 Myongji University, South Korea 0.36 1 N/A
48 Clinomics Inc., South Korea 0.35 2 N/A
49 Soongsil University, South Korea 0.64 0.34 4 -51.9%
50 Inha University, South Korea 1.90 0.33 1 -83.9%
50 Il Yang Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
50 Sungshin Women's University, South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
51 Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), South Korea 0.33 5 N/A
52 Theragen Etex Bio Institute, South Korea 0.02 0.32 2 1,124.9%
53 Sun Moon University (SMU), South Korea 0.31 2 N/A
54 ExoStemTech Inc., South Korea 0.31 1 N/A
55 Yeungnam University, South Korea 0.05 0.30 3 491.0%
56 Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), South Korea 0.16 0.28 4 63.6%
57 ILIAS Biologics Inc., South Korea 0.25 1 N/A
58 Keimyung University (KMU), South Korea 0.10 0.25 6 140.0%
59 Korea Institute of Toxicology (KIT), South Korea 0.03 0.25 1 680.9%
60 Dongguk University, South Korea 1.04 0.23 3 -80.1%
61 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 0.07 0.23 2 189.4%
62 Daegu Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation (DGMIF), South Korea 0.11 0.22 2 86.8%
63 Catholic Kwandong University (CKU), South Korea 0.85 0.22 2 -76.0%
64 Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, South Korea 0.22 3 N/A
65 Tomocube, Inc., South Korea 0.20 2 N/A
66 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 0.07 0.20 1 175.6%
66 Proteina Co Ltd., South Korea 0.20 1 N/A
66 SL BIGEN. Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.20 1 N/A
67 Soonchunhyang University (SCH), South Korea 0.41 0.19 2 -56.6%
68 Incheon National University (INU), South Korea 0.19 3 N/A
69 Green Cross Corporation, South Korea 0.19 2 N/A
70 Lemonex Inc., South Korea 0.18 1 N/A
71 Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea 0.14 0.17 3 8.7%
72 Daegu Haany University, South Korea 0.95 0.17 1 -83.9%
73 Konyang University, South Korea 0.16 3 N/A
74 CK Genomics, South Korea 0.16 1 N/A
75 South Korea Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), South Korea 0.16 3 N/A
76 Jeju National University, South Korea 0.20 0.16 3 -27.2%
77 Asan Medical Institute of Convergence Science and Technology (AMIST), South Korea 0.16 1 N/A
78 Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM), South Korea 0.06 0.15 2 133.6%
79 South Korea Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
80 Aventi Inc., South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
81 Inje University, South Korea 0.28 0.14 2 -55.0%
82 Novomics Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
83 MedPacto Inc., South Korea 0.13 2 N/A
84 JEUK Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
85 Macrogen Inc., South Korea 0.08 0.13 3 59.9%
86 Sogang University, South Korea 1.45 0.13 2 -91.8%
87 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), South Korea 0.13 2 N/A
88 Phyzen, South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
88 Industrial Microbiology Center, South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
88 National Institute of Ecology (NIE), South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
89 Seoul Medical Center, South Korea 0.12 1 N/A
90 Sunchon National University (SCNU), South Korea 0.12 2 N/A
91 Intelligent Synthetic Biology Center, South Korea 0.17 0.12 2 -36.0%
92 Dongseo University (DSU), South Korea 0.25 0.11 1 -59.2%
92 Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
92 Silla University, South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
92 Orum Therapeutics Inc., South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
93 Kwangwoon University, South Korea 0.12 0.11 2 -18.7%
94 Biographene Inc., South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
95 Kongju National University, South Korea 0.07 0.10 2 26.4%
96 Hongik University, South Korea 0.21 0.10 1 -56.2%
96 Seowon University, South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
96 Andong National University, South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
97 TMD Lab, South Korea 0.09 2 N/A
98 Sejong University, South Korea 0.21 0.09 2 -62.3%
99 College of Korean Medicine, Semyung University, South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
100 IVIM Technology, South Korea 0.08 1 N/A

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.