Our top innovations for 2024 list is unique. Firstly, it focuses on scientific innovation - technical advances and discoveries made by academic teams working in laboratories around the world. And second, they have been identified by industry R&D leads searching for their next academic partner - the most promising candidates being taken forwards into R&D pipelines for validation and co-development. One day they could form part of a medicine that will save a life, or infrastructure helping take carbon out of the atmosphere. 

The top innovations that feature in this list received the most engagement from R&D leads and open innovation professionals using our free-to-access online partnering network (create an account here) in 2023. We measure ‘engagement’ here as a weighted metric combining total article reads and the number of introduction requests to the academic team on the network.

R&D and innovation open teams in over 6,000 companies are registered to our online partnering network. This includes global leaders like J&J, Sanofi, Merck, Bayer, BASF, Unilever, Dyson, Google X, and Samsung. But it’s also home to smaller, specialized firms seeking to innovate by gaining from expertise and ingenuity being developed in academic institutes.

This list is for everyone, but if you work in industry and you want to learn more about any of these projects, or 8,500+ other live opportunities from academic institutes, biotech companies, and startups - all seeking engagement from potential partners - please start by creating an account on our partnering network so that you can read the technical project summaries and engage directly with the teams behind them.

What are the top scientific innovations for 2024? 

The top scientific innovations for 2024 come from academic teams around the world working on agriculture and food sustainability, biopharmaceutical research, healthcare and medical technologies, and innovations in chemistry, materials and energy. These topics were identified by the global R&D community to have significant potential for the future.

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Biopharma innovations

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