How is a sponsor's confidential information protected?

Most companies want to ensure that certain proprietary information about the company remains confidential. However, UCSF must balance the interest of the company with the need to maintain an open teaching and research environment.

Therefore, UCSF will accept research agreements from companies only where:

  • the extent of the confidential information shared with UCSF by the company is limited;
  • the information is clearly identified by the company as confidential;
  • the company agrees that UCSF will not be financially liable for disclosure; and
  • the period of time that information must be kept confidential is reasonable.

Furthermore, the University should have the right to use the information for non-commercial, internal purposes, such as education, research and patient care.