Kite Pharma, Inc.
Jul 27, 2016

Kite Pharma Announces Exclusive License with the National Institutes of Health for Fully Human Anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) Product Candidate to Treat B-Cell Malignancies

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:KITE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous T-cell therapy (eACT™) products for the treatment of cancer, today announced that the Company has entered into an exclusive, worldwide license with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for intellectual property related to a fully human anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor-based product candidate directed against B-cell malignancies. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), with Dr. James N. Kochenderfer, M.D., an investigator in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch of the NCI, is currently conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial of the product candidate in patients with B-cell malignancies under an existing Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Kite and the NCI.

"The expansion of our CAR-T pipeline to include a fully human anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor supports our effort to maximize the potential benefit of CAR-T therapies for patients with advanced B-cell malignancies. As the field of T-cell therapy continues its rapid advancement, we remain committed to collaborating with the world's most distinguished institutions and accessing the most significant enabling technologies to pioneer the next generation of T-cell therapies," said Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

About Kite Pharma

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 www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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