Louis Berneman

Founding Partner


Why OUP?

Our vision in founding OUP has been exceedingly realized, catching the wave as technology transfer offices at universities increasingly focused on launching investable startups and securing venture capital. We're proud to play a part as one of the most active investors in these startups.

Lou developed the original concept and is the founding partner of OUP. Lou is also managing director of Texelerate, LLC, a technology transfer consultancy he formed in 2005 to assist academic institutions, entrepreneurs, and investors in licensing transactions and in monetizing their intellectual property assets. Lou is also lead advisor, non-profit institutions for HealthCare Royalty Partners.

Lou is a former Managing Director of the Center for Technology Transfer of the University of Pennsylvania and the former Director of Licensing and Business Development for Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology. Lou is a Past President of AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) and active member of LES (Licensing Executives Society). He has been a founder, director, and/or CEO of several start-ups including Biotherapeutics, InnoTech, and TMune Therapeutics.

Lou has been involved in intellectual property licensing, business development, and entrepreneurial activities for 30+ years. He is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). He has testified as an expert in intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts.

Lou has a baccalaureate degree from the Penn State, a teaching credential from UCSB, and masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Lou resides in Naples, FL with his wife Harriet.


  • BA, Penn State University
  • EdD, Columbia University