Kite Pharma, Inc.
Mar 17, 2016

Kite Pharma Announces Clinical Collaboration to Evaluate Two Novel Immunotherapies for Patients with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Phase 1b/2 study will evaluate KTE-C19, Kite's investigational anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell product, and Genentech's investigational anti-PDL1 antibody atezolizumab

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:KITE) today announced that it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of KTE-C19, in combination with atezolizumab (also known as MPDL3280A), in patients with refractory, aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

KTE-C19 is an investigational immunotherapy in which a patient's T cells are genetically modified to express a CAR designed to target the antigen CD19, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B cell lymphomas and leukemias.  Atezolizumab is an investigational monoclonal antibody designed to target and bind to a protein called PD-L1, which is expressed on tumor cells and tumor-infiltrating immune cells.  PD-L1 interacts with PD-1 and B7.1, both found on the surface of T cells, causing inhibition of T cells.  Use of the two compounds in combination could provide a synergistic effect since inhibiting PD-L1 with atezolizumab may enhance and prolong the activity and proliferation of KTE-C19.

"Kite is a pioneer in engineered T cell therapy, and we are excited to collaborate with Genentech, an industry leader with a history of developing transformative therapies for cancer," said Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kite.  "KTE-C19 is currently in four pivotal studies and early clinical findings have shown a potential for breakthrough efficacy in refractory, aggressive NHL and other B cell malignancies.  The scientific rationale for combining KTE-C19 and atezolizumab in refractory, aggressive NHL is compelling, and could potentially lead to opportunities to advance this combination in other indications."

A multi-center Phase 1b/2 study is expected to begin in 2016.  The study will use the same KTE-C19 dose and regimen as Kite's ongoing, potential registration study (ZUMA-1) in patients with refractory, aggressive NHL.  Kite will be the sponsor of the study, and the results will be used to evaluate options for further development of the combination.  

About KTE-C19

KTE-C19 is an investigational therapy in which a patient's T cells are genetically modified to express a CAR designed to target the antigen CD19, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B cell lymphomas and leukemias.  Kite is currently enrolling four pivotal studies (also known as ZUMA studies) for KTE-C19 in patients with various B cell malignancies.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation status to KTE-C19, for the treatment of patients with refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma (PMBCL), and transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL).  KTE-C19 has also secured Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. for DLBCL and in the EU for various hematological indications.  

About Kite's ZUMA Clinical Programs for KTE-C19

 
StudyPhaseIndicationStatus
ZUMA-1
NCT02348216
Phase 2 Pivotal
(N=112)
Refractory DLBCL, PMBCL, TFLPhase 2 enrolling
ZUMA-2
NCT02601313
Phase 2 Pivotal
(N=70)
Relapsed/refractory MCLPhase 2 enrolling
ZUMA-3
NCT02614066
Phase 1/2 Pivotal
(N=75)
Relapsed/refractory Adult ALLPhase 1/2 enrolling
ZUMA-4
NCT02625480
Phase 1/2 Pivotal
(N=75)
Relapsed/refractory Pediatric ALLPhase 1/2 enrolling
 
DLBCL = diffuse large B cell lymphoma
PMBCL = primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma
TFL = transformed follicular lymphoma
MCL = mantle cell lymphoma
ALL = acute lymphoblastic leukemia
 

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.  Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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