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Top 10 Companies The Market Is Rewarding For Their Unique Innovations

Market pressures can drive companies to innovate, but corporate innovation can also drive market value.  One of the biggest drivers in how the market rewards companies and drives their stock prices higher is how well they can sustain innovation and invest in that innovation.  Across industries, as companies successfully innovate, valuations tend to move higher.  By identifying the companies the market is rewarding for continued success in innovation, we might be able to understand what kind of companies the market will reward in the future.

The GIM Institute (GIMI) and Valens Research worked together on this piece, leveraging GIMI’s deep insights in innovation and Valens knowledge of the UAFRS framework and corporate performance and valuation to identify great innovators who the market is rewarding for their innovation.  We’ve found 10 unique companies across the global corporate universe that are worthy of highlight.

We identified these companies using a multi-step process:

  • Identified firms with an excellent history of innovation, in products, processes, creating new markets and other areas.
  • Reviewed that universe of companies to see which companies have been able to generate value in terms of innovation based on their UAFRS-adjusted Return on Assets (ROA) being well above their required rate of returns for a multi-year period of time.
  • Verified those companies continued to invest in innovation and to grow, as identified by rapid investment in UAFRS-adjusted Asset growth into high ROA businesses.
  • Identified which of those companies the market was rewarding for their innovation with premium valuations.

To read more about GIMI and Valens and the processes we use to analyze companies, read at the bottom of the article.

 

Below are the 10 unique companies

 

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Top 10 Innovation Trends in Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmaceutical (Pharma) industry is a set of public and private organizations that discover, develop, and manufacture drugs and medications (pharmaceuticals).  The 19th century is the beginning of the modern era of the pharmaceutical industry, because then it started focusing on chemical synthesis. Prior to that, for thousands of years people relied on medicinal properties of plants, animals, and minerals. The 20th century marks the unification of chemistry and physiology, which increased the understanding of basic drug-discovery processes. Today the pharmaceutical industry discovers myriad of drugs to prevent and treat even most complicated illnesses, while facing challenges of attaining regulatory approvals, confidentiality and pressure from patients.

The pharmaceutical industry invests more of its top line earnings into R&D than any other industry – roughly 15%. However pharma industry is still known as slow adopter of innovation. The reason is, that pharmaceutical industry is overly regulated, in order to ensure that medications are safe to consume. Furthermore, most of pharma companies have extremely strict internal policies, which restrict them from sharing the data with the others. It slows down the processes dramatically.

Innovation Thought Leaders Ronald Jonash and Hitendra Patel in one of their Innovation management and strategy books Healthovate! highlight:

Innovations in helping people feel better and live longer have recently exploded because of a simultaneous increase in our understanding of the health needs of consumers as well as the expansion of tools available to address those needs. This dizzying growth in demand and supply in this spectrum creates previously unimagined room for novel ideas and practices. For instance, the increased availability of information about therapeutic options have changed many people from passive consumers of health services to pro-active partners with healthcare providers in determining the best response to a health problem.

In these times of rapid changes, for Pharma companies it is not enough to focus solely on selling drugs and medications. Today the industry aims for more holistic approach with integrated services, customization and changes in life-styles. It leads to the trends, to which Pharma companies either have to respond to, or then to vanish. Top 10 Innovation Trends in Pharmaceutical Industry is an exquisite opportunity to learn how Pharma Industry is shifting to more digitized, customized and personalized era.

 

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Top 10 Innovations in Transportation

Our ability to get from one place to another, nearby or distant, nowadays is taken for granted. The evolution of transportation is marked with adversities, some of which led to fascinating inventions (a wheel must be the most famous one). Over the centuries, modes of transportation were increasing in levels of complexity and efficiency in order to meet the changing needs of a humankind.

Throughout history the means of transportation evolved greatly and got us there, where we are today: traveling over globe in less than two days, crossing the channels by trains via underwater tunnels, and viewing beyond the edge of our solar system with a spacecraft. It all started with the first mean of transportation, which was, of course, the human foot.

About 3,500 BC in the Middle East was invented the wheel. By 3000 BC people tamed horses, donkeys and later camels, while Egyptians invented the sailing boat. The first paved roads were build by 312 BC. Centuries later, during the 15th century people were crossing the entire oceans by advanced sailing ships. In the phase of Industrial Revolution at 19th century people used steam-powered railway locomotives, amphibious vehicles and bicycles. In 1957 people launched man made satellite into orbit — Sputnik; in 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. These are only a very few examples of amazing transportation evolution.

The list of top 10 Innovations in Transportation gives us a clear picture where we are today and where we are heading in the nearest future. In this rapid speed of innovation, it may seem that we already live in the futuristic world. We drive the cars that can fly or dive, and of course the cars, that we do not need to drive at all. With the help of mobile applications, like Waze, people can send the latest updates about the situation of roads at any place in the world. What is the next step in transportation, which will exceed the expectations coming from the most creative imaginations?

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Top 10 Innovation Conferences

Innovation Conferences are the fastest way to understand what is out there: who is the industry leader, which thought leadership is worth following, who are the potential partners and competitors. The Innovation Conferences prompt about the latest trends and help us build the network of the most important connections.

There are hundreds of Innovation Conferences around the world, therefore companies have to be smart in picking the most relevant ones and just collecting the second-hand insights from the remaining ones.

The list of Top 10 Innovation Conferences suggests the conferences that innovation leaders and entrepreneurs should attend in different locations around the world.

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Top 10 Women Innovators

Woman and innovation may have been considered oxymoronic by most people up until the late twentieth century. The majority of the most famous inventors and discoverers turn out to be men – in large part because women have often been denied the education and opportunity required to make similar achievements.

Thanks to slow but appreciable progress in the last several decades, women have become empowered to take on more roles as equal partners with men in science, innovation and the public sector. Despite these gains, most countries still tend to be paternalistic, which creates a glass-ceiling effect for many women.

This group of game-changing Women Innovators is not only about women who created or improved something significantly with technological or business value. This list also includes women who innovated in the realm of  politics and culture, which may be understood as creating foundational changes for further progress by women in a wide array of domains.

This list of Top 10 Women Innovators recognizes different women innovators from the early nineteenth century to the present. These women could be categorized into three groups: 1) The breakers of stigmatized rules and traditions (Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace); 2) The stars in so-called masculine fields (Indira Gandhi, Katherine Johnson); and, 3) The champions in today’s innovation environment (Michela Magas, Angélica Fuentes and Audrey Cheng).

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