Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 –2018

Nicholas Keane Vita/Columbia Care LLC

Nicholas Keane Vita is the founder of Columbia Care LLC, the nation’s leading cannabis company. Nicholas has over 25 years of experience serving in corporate leadership roles, investing capital, structuring and funding public/private partnerships, and providing strategic advisory services to Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to Columbia Care, Nicholas was a Partner and served as the Chairman of the Investment Committee at Apelles Investment Management, LLC, focused on the healthcare and privatized military infrastructure sectors.Before Apelles, Nicholas was a general partner, member of the Investment Committee, and the Portfolio Manager for the Healthcare Sector at ARX Investment Management, a multi-billion-dollar global credit hedge fund. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Inc., as an analyst, associate and Vice President in the Healthcare Department focused on Mergers, Raid Defense and Corporate Finance. Nicholas is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University. In 2018 he was awarded a Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award for his efforts to combat the opioid crisis as CEO of Columbia Care. Nicholas has served as a guest lecturer at a number of leading universities, serves on several corporate and philanthropic advisory boards including GenNext (NY), Success Academy, Deerfield Club of New York, NY State Industrial Hemp Working Group and U.S. Attorney’s (Eastern District, NY) Counterterrorism Working Group (Disruption and Early Engagement) and is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta.

His grandmother, Helen Keane, was born in Ireland and is buried with his grandfather, Frank Vita, in Arlington National Cemetery. Vita says “There is nothing unique about my story, it’s basically the story of America.” ♦