Cambridge remains the most intensive science and technological cluster in the world – according to a new report ranking innovation around the globe.

"I am thrilled to see Cambridge again recognised as one of the greatest innovation hubs on the planet.”

Professor Deborah Prentice, Vice-Chancellor

The 2023 Global Innovation Index (GII) – which evaluates the top-level innovative capacity of countries and economies, and identifies local concentrations of world-leading activity ­– has named Cambridge as the number one science and technological (S&T) cluster by intensity, in relation to its size, unchanged from the 2022 Index. San Jose, San Francisco, in the USA, was named second and Oxford third.

S&T clusters are established by analysing patent-filing activity and scientific article publication, and documenting the geographical areas around the world with the highest density of inventors and scientific authors.

According to the Index – which will be published in full on 27 September – the Cambridge cluster filed 6,582 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent applications and published 37,136 scientific articles, both per 1 million inhabitants, over the past 5 years.

The University of Cambridge sits at the heart of the ‘Cambridge cluster’, powering world-leading research, driving a thriving ecosystem of hundreds of spinout and start-up companies, and nurturing an environment for business services and investment.

Earlier this year, a new report by leading consultants London Economics showed that the University adds nearly £30 billion to the economy every year and supports more than 86,000 jobs across the UK.

Professor Deborah Prentice, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said: “Cambridge is a truly extraordinary place, where leading scientists work side by side with industry and academic partners, sparking ideas and creating life-changing medicines, technologies and services. I am thrilled to see it again recognised as one of the greatest innovation hubs on the planet.”

Dr Diarmuid O’Brien, Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise, said: “It is fantastic to see this continued recognition of Cambridge’s success as the world’s most intensive science and technological cluster. The Cambridge innovation ecosystem is home to a unique and driven community of exceptional science, people, companies and partners, tackling global challenges and changing lives.”

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