Nicholas Vita

Co-Founder & CEO@Columbia Care

Nicholas is the Co-Founder, CEO and Vice Chairman of Columbia Care, Inc. (“CC”).  Based in NYC and founded in 2012 to cultivate, manufacture, develop and distribute cannabis products to institutions and consumers, CC is one of the world’s largest, fully-integrated medical cannabis companies, licensed to operate in 17 US states and the EU. With product being sold from California to Germany, CC has over 1500 employees globally and a full portfolio of hemp derived OTC CBD products, adult use cannabis products and the leading pharmaceutical grade medical marijuana products – recommended by many of the most respected medical centers in the US.  With ongoing research initiatives across a number of therapeutic categories, CC collaborates with KOLs and scientists from world-renowned institutions such as Mount Sinai (data analytics), Columbia (opioid substitution study funded by NIH), Montefiore (opioid replacement and pain management), Harvard Medical School (pain management), The Center for Discovery (seizure disorders), Westmed (Rheumatoid conditions and Lupus) and King’s College London (Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorders in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust).

 Prior to founding Columbia Care, Nick was a Partner at Apelles Investment Management, LLC, a private investment management company focused on healthcare and privatized military infrastructure, a Partner and Healthcare Portfolio Manager at ARX Investment Management and worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Inc., as an Analyst, Associate and Vice President. Nick is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University where he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Crew Team and President of Saint Anthony Hall. 

 In 2018 Nick was awarded a Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award for his efforts to combat the US opioid crisis. He has served as a guest lecturer at leading universities and corporate and philanthropic advisory boards including GenNext, Success Academy, Deerfield Club of New York, NY State Industrial Hemp Working Group and US Attorney’s (Eastern District, NY) Counterterrorism Working Group (Disruption and Early Engagement).  Nick currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with his family and is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.