USM's "Accelerator" officially opens

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A groundbreaking incubator for product innovation and development at Southern Miss is now officially open for business. The National Materials Science Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, or The Accelerator, for short, was the subject of a grand opening ceremony Friday afternoon at The Garden, the university's Innovation and Commercialization Park.

The $28 million facility's purpose is to support the development of innovative technologies. Six companies are already in operation there.

Among the dignitaries on hand for today's event were 2 men who worked together to make The Accelerator a reality...former USM president Dr. Shelby Thames and Senator Thad Cochran.

The Accelerator is currently operating at about 65 percent capacity.

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