The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (Tufts CSDD) at Tufts University School of Medicine is an independent, academic, non-profit research center. Tufts CSDD receives unrestricted grants from pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, as well as companies that provide related services to the research-based industry (e.g., contract research, consulting, and technology firms). These grants represent approximately 25% of Tufts CSDD’s operating expenses. The remainder comes from government and foundation support, grants for commissioned projects, registration fees for courses and conferences, and subscription fees for Tufts CSDD publications. Sponsoring companies have no direct access to any of the Tufts Center’s proprietary databases. Whereas sponsoring companies, regulators, academics, and others outside of Tufts CSDD may suggest topics for investigation, the research agenda of Tufts CSDD is set by the group’s director and its research staff.