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The 2016 Scientific American Worldview Overall Scores

The 2016 Scientific American Worldview Overall Scores

To build a reliable assessment of innovation potential in biotechnology around the world—stretching over 54 countries—large collections of data must be analyzed. The results of this analysis are reflected in the Scorecard’s in-depth outputs shown here, which cover seven categories composed of 27 components. This table provides an opportunity to dig into the details of the results, including the compiled scores and ranks. (For detailed methods, "Scientific American Worldview Scorecard Methodology")

As in prior Scientific American Worldview Scorecards, the United States ranks at the top of the list in overall innovation—followed by Singapore, Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, in that order. The United States, however, only leads in two categories: Productivity and Education/Workforce. Other countries reveal their respective areas of excellence: Denmark gets the top score for intensity; Hong Kong ranks third in Enterprise Support; and Saudi Arabia takes the 12th spot in Education/Workforce, due to its students’ strong desire to return home after foreign doctoral studies (low brain drain).

The heat map on this table provides a Gestalt impression of the status of biotechnology innovation worldwide. At the same time, the numerical data allow for further investigation, ranging from the very broad to the extremely granular. Plus, our new worldVIEWguide, drawn from both data and qualitative information, presents a closer look at each nation. Used in combination, these tools provide our most complete analysis to date of the countries covered in the Scientific American Worldview Scorecard.