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Kite Announces Initiation of Axicabtagene Ciloleucel CAR-T Clinical Program in the European Union

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kite Pharma, Inc., (Nasdaq:KITE), a leading cell therapy company, today announced that patients in the European Union (EU) are now being treated with its lead investigational candidate, axicabtagene ciloleucel, in the safety expansion cohort of ZUMA-1 (ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT: 02348216). Kite is currently enrolling adult patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), and transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL) at multiple EU medical centers. Kite filed a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for axicabtagene ciloleucel in July 2017, the first CAR-T application in Europe.

“Our CAR-T expertise established in the United States will be key as we expand our global footprint this year.”

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“This important milestone underscores our commitment to providing a potentially curative therapy to patients with serious blood cancers worldwide,” said David Chang, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer of Kite. “Our CAR-T expertise established in the United States will be key as we expand our global footprint this year.”

The first patient treated in the safety expansion cohort was at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam by Professor Dr. Marie José Kersten. Additional patients are expected to be treated in multiple clinical sites across Europe in 2017.

“We are encouraged by the promising results observed in ZUMA-1 in the United States and are excited to be one of the first...


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