For the second year in a row, Connecticut ranks in the top five for being masters of countrywide innovation.

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According to, out of all 50 states, Connecticut ranks #4 in the country for being the most innovative, but what does that even mean? It means that Connecticut helps lead the way in research and development, productivity, technology companies, STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering, and math), residents with degrees in science, and patent activity. In other words, CT is hot stuff!

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The Top 10 states that lead the way are California, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Colorado.

The five states at the bottom of the heap were Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Alabama gets the award for 'most improved' moving up to #41. What drove Connecticut's #4 rating? Patent activity, productivity, and research, and development intensity. Check out this video for some promising news from a Massachusetts company that's ready for phase 3 trials of a COVID vaccine.

The top 3 vote-getters, California, Massachusetts, and Washington, have been leading the index because of the work all three have been doing to fight COVID-19. In Massachusetts, the company Moderna Therapeutics has been working on a vaccine that is already in clinical trials. If the FDA eventually approves the drug, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has allocated $483 million to Moderna to begin mass production.


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