2021 tables: Institutions - corporate

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 BASF SE, Germany 6.53 8.45 43 24.6%
2 Bayer AG, Germany 5.68 6.31 35 7.2%
3 C. H. Boehringer Sohn AG & Co. KG (Boehringer Ingelheim), Germany 7.63 5.74 21 -27.4%
4 BioNTech AG, Germany 3.56 9 N/A
5 Center for Nanotechnology GmbH (CeNTech GmbH), Germany 2.92 2.70 17 -10.9%
6 Climate Analytics GmbH, Germany 0.31 1.35 5 324.6%
7 OSRAM AG, Germany 1.53 1.13 3 -28.8%
8 Merck KGaA, Germany 1.80 1.06 9 -43.3%
9 BMW Group, Germany 0.10 1.03 3 888.4%
10 Q‐con GmbH, Germany 1.00 1 N/A
10 Heidelberg Pharma AG, Germany 1.00 1 N/A
10 Nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH, Germany 1.00 2 N/A
11 Bruker BioSpin GmbH, Germany 0.43 0.92 6 104.7%
12 Bionorica SE, Germany 0.92 1 N/A
13 KWS SAAT SE, Germany 0.14 0.85 6 504.6%
14 Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH, Germany 0.73 2 N/A
15 Lead Discovery Center GmbH (LDC), Germany 0.65 0.67 4 -1.5%
16 Neaspec GmbH, Germany 0.25 0.66 3 150.0%
17 Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.73 0.60 2 -20.6%
17 Xolo GmbH, Germany 0.60 1 N/A
18 Singulus Technologies AG, Germany 0.50 0.58 5 11.9%
19 MG Optical Solutions GmbH, Germany 0.58 2 N/A
20 Evonik Industries AG, Germany 1.22 0.58 5 -54.1%
21 BioMed X GmbH, Germany 0.06 0.53 2 712.8%
22 Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH, Germany 0.51 2 N/A
23 Polymer Service GmbH Merseburg, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
23 TransMIT GmbH, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
23 SmartDyeLivery GmbH, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
23 Postnova Analytics GmbH, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
24 Currenta GmbH & Co., Germany 0.47 1 N/A
25 Blücher GmbH, Germany 0.43 1 N/A
25 Sirius Fine Chemicals SiChem GmbH, Germany 0.43 1 N/A
26 Sulfotools GmbH, Germany 0.42 1 N/A
27 Daimler AG, Germany 0.41 2 N/A
28 Siemens AG, Germany 1.07 0.41 10 -63.0%
29 BMG Labtech GmbH, Germany 0.40 1 N/A
30 AMO GmbH, Germany 0.08 0.38 3 345.0%
31 Carl Zeiss AG, Germany 0.68 0.38 5 -46.1%
32 Covestro Deutschland AG, Germany 0.44 0.38 1 -18.6%
32 GlycoUniverse Holding GmbH, Germany 0.38 1 N/A
33 Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB), Germany 0.37 2 N/A
34 Zweckverband Landeswasserversorgung, Germany 0.17 0.37 2 111.2%
34 c-LEcta GmbH, Germany 0.37 2 N/A
35 Wellcomet GmbH, Germany 0.04 0.33 1 703.5%
35 Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Germany 0.40 0.33 1 -19.6%
35 AUTARCON GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
35 Öko-Recherche Büro für Umweltforschung und-beratung GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
35 Elektronische Fahrwerksysteme GmbH (EFS), Germany 0.33 1 N/A
35 Labor Dr. Merk & Kollegen GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
36 Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, Germany 0.39 0.33 6 -17.3%
37 Biolog Life Science Institute, Germany 0.27 0.31 2 12.0%
38 Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Germany 0.06 0.31 4 396.9%
39 BigChem GmbH, Germany 0.31 2 N/A
40 Geomecon GmbH, Germany 0.30 1 N/A
40 DHI WASY GmbH, Germany 0.30 1 N/A
41 Schauenburg International Group, Germany 0.27 1 N/A
42 TDK-Micronas GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
42 PharmaZell GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
43 NPI Electronic GmbH, Germany 0.27 0.23 2 -18.9%
44 Siltronic AG, Germany 0.22 1 N/A
45 Silantes GmbH, Germany 0.21 0.21 1 -3.6%
46 Experimental Pharmacology and Oncology Berlin-Buch GmbH (EPO), Germany 0.26 0.21 2 -20.7%
47 Lipotype GmbH, Germany 0.47 0.20 1 -59.0%
47 Plasmion GmbH, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
47 Magritek GmbH, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
47 I&L Biosystems GmbH, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
47 Magnetfabrik Bonn GmbH, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
48 Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany 1.44 0.20 6 -86.8%
49 Centogene AG, Germany 0.31 0.20 4 -38.9%
50 FEW Chemicals GmbH, Germany 0.18 1 N/A
51 QoD Technologies GmbH i. Gr., Germany 0.17 0.17 1 -3.6%
51 Aristra GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
51 XPLORAYTION GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
51 Sivantos GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
51 GEOS4 GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
51 Pro-Science GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
51 Dispendix GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
52 Evotec AG, Germany 0.58 0.16 2 -73.1%
53 PicoQuant GmbH, Germany 0.16 2 N/A
54 OmicScouts GmbH, Germany 0.16 1 N/A
55 Axolabs GmbH, Germany 0.16 2 N/A
56 OmicEra Diagnostics GmbH, Germany 0.15 1 N/A
57 Curt-Engelhorn-Centre Archaeometry gGmbH, Germany 0.29 0.14 1 -53.1%
57 Symrise AG, Germany 0.14 1 N/A
58 SAP AG, Germany 0.25 0.14 4 -45.4%
59 Eisbach Bio GmbH, Germany 0.14 1 N/A
60 Micromod Partikeltechnologie GmbH, Germany 0.14 2 N/A
61 Genevention GmbH, Germany 0.13 2 N/A
62 NICE Solar Energy GmbH, Germany 0.10 0.13 1 25.4%
62 Heraeus Holding GmbH, Germany 0.11 0.13 1 8.5%
62 Fioscope GmbH, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
62 AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
62 Varimol TGU, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
62 IONTOF GmbH, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
62 Hygiene Technologie Kompetenzzentrum GmbH, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
62 GeoThermal Engineering GmbH (GeoT), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
63 GeneWerk GmbH, Germany 0.03 0.11 1 296.4%
63 NVision Imaging Technologies GmbH, Germany 0.33 0.11 1 -67.9%
63 Biaffin GmbH & Co KG, Germany 0.11 1 N/A
64 NanoTemper Technologies GmbH, Germany 0.14 0.11 2 -28.5%
65 CARDIOR Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
66 Proteros Biostructures GmbH, Germany 0.15 0.10 2 -36.7%
67 Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
67 Jcmwave GmbH, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
68 Raith GmbH, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
68 KRONOS INTERNATIONAL Inc., Germany 0.09 1 N/A
68 EASYTEC GmbH, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
68 Festo AG Co. KG, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
69 Zellmechanik Dresden GmbH, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
70 Otto Bock Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.31 0.09 7 -72.3%
71 Center for Applied Nanotechnology (CAN GmbH - Hamburg), Germany 0.35 0.08 1 -76.7%
71 iSAtech Water GmbH, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
71 NeuroTransData GmbH, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
71 Institute for Forensic Genetics (IFG), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
71 ESR Labs, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
72 Hansabred GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
73 Grimm Aerosol Technik GmbH and Co. KG, Germany 0.08 2 N/A
74 Alacris Theranostics GmbH, Germany 0.11 0.08 1 -33.2%
74 Dynamic Biosensors GmbH, Germany 0.44 0.08 1 -83.0%
74 H. C. Starck GmbH, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
75 JPT Peptide Technologies GmbH, Germany 0.27 0.08 1 -72.6%
75 TolerogenixX GmbH, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
76 ISAR Bioscience GmbH, Germany 0.03 0.07 3 130.8%
77 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Germany 0.08 0.07 3 -19.0%
78 Gene Bridges GmbH, Germany 0.07 1 N/A
78 VITCON Projectconsult GmbH, Germany 0.07 1 N/A
79 TraitGenetics GmbH, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
79 W. von Borries-Eckendorf GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
79 Nordsaat Saatzucht GmbH, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
79 PARI GmbH, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
80 BIOSAXS GmbH, Germany 0.06 0.06 1 -14.3%
80 Signatope GmbH, Germany 0.30 0.06 1 -82.1%
80 Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft gGmbH (sdw), Germany 0.06 1 N/A
81 Alere Technologies GmbH, Germany 0.07 0.05 2 -29.1%
81 Analytik Jena AG, Germany 0.07 0.05 2 -29.1%
82 Südzucker AG, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
83 Amedes Holding GmbH, Germany 0.05 2 N/A
84 TechnologieZentrumDortmund GmbH (TZDO), Germany 0.23 0.05 1 -78.9%
84 PROvendis GmbH, Germany 0.23 0.05 1 -78.9%
84 Proteome Factory AG, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
84 UVphotonics NT GmbH, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
84 Dr. Knoell Consult GmbH, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
85 THATec Innovation GmbH, Germany 0.05 0.05 2 4.9%
86 Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH, Germany 0.08 0.05 1 -43.9%
86 HighFinesse GmbH, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
87 Synaptic Systems GmbH, Germany 0.11 0.05 1 -59.6%
87 Climate Risk Analysis, Germany 0.42 0.05 1 -89.5%
87 JPK Instruments AG, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
87 Noack Laboratorien GmbH, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
87 Orgentec Diagnostika GmbH, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
88 SYNLAB International GmbH, Germany 0.01 0.05 2 240.2%
89 Abberior Instruments GmbH, Germany 0.04 1 N/A
89 Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH, Germany 0.04 1 N/A
89 Charles River Discovery Research Services Germany GmbH, Germany 0.04 1 N/A
90 CeGaT GmbH, Germany 0.04 2 N/A
91 Cellex Gesellschaft für Zellgewinnung mbH, Germany 0.04 1 N/A
92 Renishaw GmbH, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
93 Spetec GmbH, Germany 0.17 0.03 1 -82.6%
93 PZO Saat GmbH - Pflanzenzucht Oberlimpurg (PZO), Germany 0.03 1 N/A
93 Saatzucht Streng-Engelen GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
93 Saatzucht Josef Breun GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
93 Strube Research GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
93 Secobra Saatzucht GmbH, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
93 Saatzucht Bauer GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
93 Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV), Germany 0.03 1 N/A
94 Winter Brandl Fürniss Hübner Röss Kaiser Polte - Partnerschaft mbB, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
95 Chemometrix GmbH, Germany 0.03 2 N/A
96 Life & Brain GmbH, Germany 0.01 0.03 1 288.8%
97 Avancis GmbH, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
98 NanoAnalytics GmbH, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
98 Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.05 0.03 1 -54.1%
98 Allianz SE, Germany 0.05 0.03 1 -54.1%
98 Volkswagen AG, Germany 0.28 0.03 1 -91.1%
99 Fung Consulting Healthcare Life Sciences, Germany 0.02 1 N/A
100 OmegaLambdaTec GmbH, Germany 0.02 1 N/A
100 RAPID Biomedical GmbH, Germany 0.02 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.