Dr. Patrick Heist
Dr. Heist is well known in the fuel and beverage ethanol industries for his problem solving skills relative to the microbiology and biochemistry of fermentation. Heist currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer for Ferm Solutions based in Danville, Kentucky, a provider of fermentation products and technical support to the fuel and beverage ethanol industries.
Dr. Heist and his research team collaborate with industrial and academic partners on projects relating to controlling bacteria during ethanol production, antibiotic resistance, and yeast strain selection and improvement. Ferm Solutions recently expanded its operations and formed Wilderness Trail Distillery, which produces a variety of craft-distilled spirits including bourbon, vodka and rum.