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Scans showing enhanced drug delivery to laboratory rats' brain tumors -- The University of Southern Mississippi's Business and Innovation Assistance Center is assisting Thermally Targeted Therapeutics, Inc. with obtaining SBIR-STTR funding support and technology commercialization for its highly innovative approach to enhancing chemotherapy drug delivery with less harmful side effects.

The Mississippi - Federal and State Technology Partnership program (MS-FAST) was established in 2001 to assist Mississippi’s small high-tech firms to better compete in the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs. SBIR and STTR are two competitively awarded, highly specialized forms of federal funding for small firms (less than 500 employees) to perform cutting-edge R&D that addresses the nation's (government and industry) most critical scientific and engineering needs. These needs span the technology spectrum -- from aviation and agriculture to medicine and manufacturing. Annually over $2.4 billion in contracts and grants are awarded to small businesses by the 11 federal agencies participating in these programs. Lead by the University of Southern Mississippi working with its Mississippi Research Consortium members (Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center), and supported in part by Innovate Mississippi, MS-FAST provides the following assistance to Mississippi companies:

  1. Providing news and information on the federal SBIR/STTR programs. To be added to the MS-FAST e-mail list send a request to;
  1. Identifying federal agency R&D needs that map to the company’s R&D commercialization goals;
  1. Identifying university developed intellectual property, faculty expertise and university lab resources that may support under subcontract or license the company’s SBIR/STTR efforts;
  1. Providing Phase 1 and 2 proposal development assistance; and
  1. Awarding “Phase 0” funding support to help cover a company’s cost of developing a Phase 1 proposal to a federal agency

To view presentations on MS-FAST and related projects, visit our presentations page.

For more information on the federal SBIR-STTR programs visit:

For more information on MS-FAST and how it may assist you contact:

Joe Graben, Director USM/BIAC

Office of Research and Economic Development
University of Southern Mississippi
Bldg. 1103, Rm. 131
Stennis, MS 39529 Phone:  228/688-2280
Fax:      228/688-2085

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