The Garden

Growing technology for the 21st century

The cultivation of state-of-the-art technology, innovative products and services is in full swing on the site of what was once The University of Southern Mississippi’s golf course and before that a college farm.

Known as The Garden, the university’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park is where the university’s cutting-edge research is transformed into valued products and services for the marketplace.

It is also home to:

  • the National Formulation Science Laboratory, which houses laboratory space, a business incubator and other facilities
  • the Mississippi Polymer Institute
  • other organizations working in concert with the Area Development Partnership to expedite the movement of innovative research from the lab to the marketplace.


The Accelerator

The Accelerator is a unique business incubator located in The Garden. At 60,000 square feet, The Accelerator provides state-of-the-art space, technology and professional advice to start-up companies.

The Accelerator’s concept foundation is formulation science with the National Formulation Science Lab serving as the prime component. The facility also houses the Mississippi Polymer Institute which provides rapid prototyping, valuable analytical and physical testing capabilities, scale-up assistance and polymer processing expertise.


Mississippi Polymer Institute

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) was established in 1993 with a goal of growing high-tech polymer and polymer-related industries in the state.

Serving as the industrial outreach arm of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, MPI has played a key role in growing the state’s multibillion-dollar-per-year, high-tech polymer industry, and has directly assisted in the creation of thousands of jobs.

While the primary focus is supporting growth of high-tech businesses within Mississippi, MPI performs contracted work for companies worldwide.