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Kite Pharma Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: KITE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous cell therapy (eACT™) products for the treatment of cancer, today reported financial results for the third quarter 2016 and recent business highlights.

“We will focus on initiating and finalizing the submission based on the FDA feedback and look ahead to the potential approval of KTE-C19 in 2017.”

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Kite also announced that it has met with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the company’s plans to submit the Biologics License Application (BLA) for KTE-C19. Kite currently intends to file for the broader label of aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which includes chemorefractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL), and primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL). The BLA submission will be based on the primary analysis of the ZUMA-1 pivotal trial. Kite plans to initiate the rolling submission of the BLA for accelerated approval of KTE-C19 by the end of December 2016 with a targeted completion by the end of the first quarter 2017 and a potential approval and commercial launch of KTE-C19 in 2017.

“We are making history with each step we take toward bringing engineered T-cell therapy to patients. We are very pleased with the outcome from our productive discussions with the FDA and their willingness to partner with us to advance this innovative therapy,” said Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “We will focus on initiating and finalizing the submission based on the FDA feedback and look ahead to the potential approval of KTE-C19 in 2017.”

Third Quarter 2016 and Recent Highlights

  • Reported positive topline results from the pre-planned interim analysis in the KTE-C19 ZUMA-1 pivotal trial in patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which includes chemorefractory DLBCL (n=51), and TFL and PMBCL (n=11). The study met the pre-specified response endpoint with an objective response rate of 76 percent in DLBCL (Cohort 1). Thirty nine percent of patients maintained complete response at three-month follow up. Grade 3 or higher cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and neurological toxicity was observed in 18 percent and 34 percent of patients, respectively. Treatment emergent Grade 5 events were observed in 3 percent of patients.
  • Reported ongoing complete responses in three of seven patients at the 12-month follow-up in the Phase 1 portion of the ZUMA-1 study of KTE-C19 in chemorefractory DLBCL at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).
  • Announced planned oral and poster presentations of KTE-C19 clinical and manufacturing data at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. The presentations will include additional clinical data from the interim analysis of the ZUMA-1 pivotal trial as well as clinical and manufacturing data from the ZUMA-3 and ZUMA-4 clinical studies in adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and pediatric ALL, respectively. Preliminary results from a clinical study of a fully human anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) conducted at the National Cancer Institute will also be shared in an oral presentation.
  • Initiated patient enrollment in a Phase 1b/2 combination study of KTE-C19 and atezolizumab, Genentech’s anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibody. This is the first combination study of an anti-CD19 engineered CAR T-cell and a checkpoint inhibitor.
  • At the Kite investor day on October 18, 2016:
    • Detailed manufacturing and commercial preparations for potential KTE-C19 commercial launch;
    • Outlined KTE-C19 expansion studies with the potential to deliver six additional indications in B-cell malignancies;
    • Announced the expansion of Kite’s T-cell receptor (TCR) and CAR T development pipeline with four new INDs...