Shalom Life | November 05, 2014

Breakthrough Jew - Joshua Meier

18-year-old Meier won the Best in Category Award in cellular and molecular biology at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his work in harnessing the aging process to treat diseases.

By: Sara Torvik

Published: October 30th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Hot, hip, and heady, the next wave of Jewish artists and influencers has already arrived. This is Breakthrough Jew, your weekly showcase of those on the verge of discovery and ready to be a regular figure in pop culture; setting trends, redefining genres, and simply getting it done-whatever ‘it’ is. These days, it’s not enough to know what’s hot now; you need to catch someone when they’re just starting to simmer.

Featuring those in film, fashion, food, and beyond, we’ll find the story before substance is obscured by style, before hype meets backlash, and before talent and purpose gets lost in a maze of Internet chatter. See an artist in the cozy bar before they hit the amphitheater, dine at a chef’s new restaurant before the line begins, and catch a young writer’s work before the demands of ratings and longevity encroach.

Follow our lead and we’ll follow yours – send us tips or suggestions via email, comment below or tweet us @ShalomLife, as we explore the Jewish landscape for pop culture pioneers.

Name: Joshua Meier

Age: 18

Hometown: Hackensack, N.J.

Breakthrough Cred: CEO of Provita Pharmaceuticals at the age of 16.

Joshua Meier isn’t your average teenager. While most people his age are just getting on their feet and trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives, Meier already has more accomplishments behind him than many people achieve in a lifetime. Meier is one of the most brilliant young minds in science today with accomplishments behind him as a iOS Developer, a stem cell researcher, and a vast understanding and knowledge of ancient Hebrew texts.

Meier’s foray into the world of science and technology came at a very young age. For his fourth birthday he received a computer game called Pajama Sam and instantly became enthralled by the adventures had by the game’s main character. He says from there he began dreaming of one day designing his own computer game, and by the time he was 8 years old he’d already began programming.

But science wasn’t always his first love. Meier admits that throughout most of his childhood he considered himself to be more of a “history junkie” and won several international history competitions during his middle school years. It wasn’t until high school that a love of science really took affect once he realized that it was “an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the world.”


When he was 16 years old, Meier became the CEO of the biotechnology company Provita Pharmaceuticals. What made Provita so unique was that all of it’s 15 members, with Meier at the helm, were high school students. In January of 2013, they gave a presentation to the FDA on the development of a product called the flying syringe. The idea behind this development was to use mosquitoes to deliver vaccines to those who need them by genetically engineering them to produce and deliver vaccines through their saliva. This is similar to research that has been done elsewhere to breed sterile mosquitoes in malaria-infested areas. Speaking of the project at the time, Meier said "We can’t really culture mosquitoes in the lab at our high school because that’s dangerous, but we a have research advisor and ideas planned out, and the next step is making a partnership, contacting other places that do have animal facilities." Meier has since graduated and no longer works with Provita but the research is still ongoing, though he says the whole experience is really just for the learning experience, rather than profit.

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