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Kite Pharma Presents Updated Phase 1 Results from ZUMA-1 at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Apr 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --

Kite Pharma, Inc. KITE, -3.71% ("Kite") today announced updated clinical results from the phase 1 portion of Kite's ZUMA-1 trial of its lead product candidate, KTE-C19, in patients with chemorefractory, aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). KTE-C19 is an investigational therapy in which a patient's T cells are genetically modified to express a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that is designed to target the antigen CD19, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B cell lymphomas and leukemias.

David Chang, M.D., Ph.D., Kite's Executive Vice President, Research and Development, and Chief Medical Officer, commented, "Today's report affirms the early safety and efficacy profile of KTE-C19 in chemorefractory, aggressive NHL. We are encouraged by the ongoing complete remissions in patients with significant unmet need for new therapies. We remain on track to provide interim data from the pivotal phase 2 portion of the study later this year and to submit the KTE-C19 registration filing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of 2016."

"The data reported today are important because refractory DLBCL is incurable. Median survival for these patients is short and there is no standard therapy," noted Ronald Levy, M.D., Robert K. Summy and Helen K. Summy Professor of Medicine and Director of the Lymphoma Program at Stanford University School of Medicine and Associate Director of Translational Science for the Stanford Cancer Institute. "A rate of complete response and durability of response in the ranges of those reported today would be of profound clinical importance if replicated in the phase 2 portion of the ZUMA-1 study. Adoptive transfer of engineered T cells has the potential to become standard of care for patients with refractory NHL in the near future."

Updated Phase 1 Results from ZUMA-1: A Phase 1-2 Multi-Center Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of KTE-C19 (Anti-CD19 CAR T Cells) in Subjects with Refractory Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

Session: Early Clinical Trials Evaluating Cell-based, Checkpoint Inhibitors, and Novel Immunotherapeutics; Abstract Number: CT135; Presenter: Armin Ghobadi, M.D., Washington University, St...