National Rankings

Minnesota has a tradition for excellence in research and development. Some of the greatest inventions in the world were created here! From the first successful open-heart surgery at the University of Minnesota to 3M's Post-it Notes, the state has changed the way people live. Here's just a snapshot of our Research and Development success. 

Minnesota's medical device manufacturing industries ranked second nationwide in employment in 2009 with more than 29,430 workers.  

Minnesota ranked third in bioscience related patents per one million residents, according to the 2010 Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Initiatives report.

Minnesota ranked sixth nationwide in patents per capita in 2010. The state largest number of patents by technology class was in medical devices.

Richard Florida ranks Minnesota as the seventh most innovative state in a 2010 report published by the Daily Beast.

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks eighth in the number of patents awarded between 2006 and 2010 (11,366). 3M (1,478) and Medtronic (901) were awarded the largest number of patents during this period.

The Neurotechnology Industry Organization ranks Minneapolis ninth in neurotechnology in the 2010 report Neurotech Clusters.

Minnesota ranks 10 th nationwide in R&D expenditures by public companies with nearly $6.5 billion, according to the 2010 U.S. Sourcebook of R&D Spenders. Among Minnesota's publicly owned corporations, Medtronic spent the largest amount in R&D ($1.7 billion), followed by 3M ($1.2 billion).

The University of Minnesota (U of M) ranked 11th among top public research universities nationwide, based on 2010 rankings by the Center for Measuring University Performance. By category, the U of M ranked 12th in total research expenditures with $682.7 million.

Minnesota is the 12th most technological advanced state nationwide, according to the 2010 "State Technology and Science index" by the Milken Institute. Minnesota ranks particularly high in human capital capacity (fourth).

Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 12th most innovative metropolitan area, according to a 2010 report by Forbes.

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