Bedford, MA July 14, 2015  Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies today welcomed Polaris Partners’ Managing Partner, Amir Nashat to its Board of Directors. Dr. Nashat has guided and advised numerous high-growth organizations and his deep experience will prove valuable as 1366 Technologies continues on the path toward high-volume production.

“Amir’s extensive experience advancing high-value companies will undoubtedly be helpful as we scale the technology, said Frank van Mierlo, CEO, 1366 Technologies. “The role of solar in the world’s energy mix is on the rise; the technical innovation we are bringing to market will only fuel its growth as we deliver a product that meets solar manufacturers’ demands for innovation and easy adoption.”

Currently, Dr. Nashat is a Managing Partner at Polaris Venture Partners. Prior to joining Polaris, Amir completed his Ph.D. as a Hertz Fellow in Chemical Engineering at MIT under the guidance of Dr. Robert Langer. During his time at MIT, Amir completed an internship in the London office of Goldman, Sachs & Company, where he worked on interest rate derivative products. Amir also serves on the Board of the New England Venture Capital Association, on the Advisory Board of the Simmons School of Management Entrepreneurship Initiative, and is a Catalyst for the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT. He received his Ph.D. at MIT, and both his M.S. and B.S. in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my business and financial experience with the 1366 team as we ready the Direct Wafer® technology for the global stage,” said Nashat. “1366’s technology has the potential to dramatically reduce the cost of solar energy and the company’s growth plans are wrapped in a thoughtful and deliberate path to scaling the technology. It’s an exciting time to contribute to the vision.”