Kite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Sep 15, 2015

Franz B. Humer, Former Chairman and CEO of Roche Group, Appointed to Kite Pharma's Board of Directors

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kite Pharma, Inc. (Kite) (Nasdaq:KITE) today announced that Dr. Franz B. Humer, the former Chairman and Chief Executive of Roche Holding Ltd., has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors.

Dr. Humer stated, "Kite Pharma is at the forefront of advancing cancer T cell immunotherapy which, in my view, is one of the most promising new approaches in oncology. Kite's programs have the potential to change the paradigm of cancer treatment, and I look forward to working closely with the accomplished team at Kite."

Dr. Humer began his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1973, joining Schering Plough Corporation where he held various General Management positions in Latin America and Europe. After leaving Schering Plough, he joined the Board of Glaxo Holdings plc and progressed to be responsible for research, business development, manufacturing, commercial strategy, and all non-US operations for 13 years. Subsequent to this, Dr. Humer served as Head of Pharmaceuticals and then as Chief Operating Officer of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., prior to his taking the helm as CEO at Roche Group (1998-2001) and then Chairman and CEO (2001-2008). His tenure as Chairman of Roche Holding Ltd. extended from 2008 to 2014.

Dr. Humer serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the Humer Foundation.

He is also Chairman of Diageo plc, an Independent Director with Citigroup Inc., Chugai Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Japan), Bial Pharmaceuticals (Portugal), WISeKey (Cyber Security Company, Switzerland) and a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz SE.

In 2000, Dr. Humer received the Oliver R. Grace Award for distinguished service in advancing cancer research.

"Dr. Humer possesses unique experience within the pharmaceutical industry, including his 20-year tenure at Roche. During this period he transformed the company, including refining Roche's focus on cancer therapies and completing the acquisition of Genentech," said Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kite. "We are deeply honored to welcome Franz, one of the most respected and revered pharma executives, to the Kite Pharma Board. We are excited to gain his unique insights as we continue to progress our cancer immunotherapy programs in development and toward commercialization."

About Kite Pharma, Inc.

Kite Pharma, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products, with a primary focus on engineered autologous cell therapy (eACT™) designed to restore the immune system's ability to recognize and eradicate tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA.¬†For more information on Kite Pharma, please visit www.kitepharma.com.

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