Kite Pharma

    [td_text_with_title custom_title=”Company description”]Kite Pharma´s goal is to be a leader in immunotherapy in multiple cancer indications. To achieve this, we are developing a pipeline of product candidates for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies using our therapeutic platform – engineered Autologous Cell Therapy (eACT™) – in which a patient’s own T cells, or white blood cells, are engineered to recognize and destroy their cancer. The patient’s immune system, particularly T cells, plays a critical role in identifying and killing cancer cells. Our eACT™ technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), or T cell receptors (TCRs). Our technology has been developed in part through our collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, Surgery Branch through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA).

    Kite Pharma is advancing a pipeline of proprietary eACT™-based product candidates to create personalized therapies targeting a broad range of indications in cancer.[/td_text_with_title]

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    Kite Pharma

    Kite Pharma Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kite Pharma, Inc. (Kite) (Nasdaq:KITE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous T cell therapy (eACT™) products for the treatment of cancer, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. “We’re very pleased with our accomplishments this year, which have significantly […]

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    Kite Pharma

    Kite Pharma files for IPO

    Santa Monica, CA – May 19, 2014 – Kite Pharma, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous T cell therapy (eACT™) products for the treatment of cancer, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial […]

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    Kite Pharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products with a primary focus on engineered autologous T cell therapy designed to restore the immune system's ability to recognize and eradicate tumors.[2]

    The Santa Monica, California-based company was founded in 2009 by Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, an Israeli-American oncologist, who served as the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer.[1]

    On August 28, 2017, Gilead Sciences announced that it would acquire Kite Pharma for $11.9 billion in an all-cash deal,[3] equating to $180 cash per share. The deal will add the promising CAR-T candidate to Gilead's existing portfolio.[4] The acquisition was completed in October 2017.[5]

    Pipeline

    Development history

    2012

    In October, Kite Pharma entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of multiple cancer indications.[8]

    2013

    In December, the company announced data in its lead clinical development program with the NCI, demonstrating that Kite’s most advanced immunotherapy product candidate – KTE-C19 CAR – can produce robust and durable tumor shrinkage in patients with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, known as diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL).[9] The clinical data were presented at the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting.[10]

    2014

    In March, the company announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Orphan Products Development granted orphan drug designation for the company's proposed therapy for DLBCL.[11]

    In June, Kite Pharma entered into an exclusive, worldwide license with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to certain intellectual property related to TCR-based product candidates that target the NY-ESO-1 antigen for the treatment of cancers expressing NY-ESO-1.[12]

    In August, Kite Pharma announced findings from its ongoing clinical trial: 12 of 13 evaluable patients with advanced B-cell malignancies had complete remissions (8 patients) or partial remissions (4 patients) resulting in a 92% objective response rate. The results support Kite Pharma's plan to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application in the fourth quarter of 2014 to initiate a clinical trial of Kite Pharma's lead CAR-based product candidate, KTE-C19, in patients with DLBCL.[13]

    2015

    In January, Kite Pharma and Amgen entered into a strategic research collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize the next generation of novel Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapies based on Kite's engineered autologous cell therapy platform and Amgen's extensive array of cancer targets.[14][15]

    In May, Kite Pharma announced that the first patient in its Phase 1/2 clinical trial of KTE-C19 in patients with refractory aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma has been treated.[16]

    In June, Kite Pharma and bluebird bio, Inc. announced they have entered into a collaboration agreement to co-develop and co-commercialize second generation T cell receptor product candidates directed against the human papillomavirus type 16 E6 oncoprotein incorporating gene editing and lentiviral technologies.[17]

    In July, Kite Pharma and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced that they have entered into a partnership to enhance the development of Kite's lead product candidate, KTE-C19, for the treatment of patients with refractory aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.[18]

    In September, Kite Pharma announced that it has expanded its collaboration with the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). Kite and the NKI have entered into an agreement under which Kite will receive from the NKI the exclusive option to license multiple T cell receptor (TCR) gene sequences for the development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapy candidates targeting solid tumors. Kite has also expanded its access to additional resources and research facilities through a master services agreement with the NKI.[19]

    In October, Kite Pharma announced that it has entered into an exclusive, worldwide license with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for intellectual property related to T cell receptor (TCR)-based product candidates directed against MAGE A3 and A3/A6 antigens for the treatment of tumors expressing MAGE, which include lung, pancreatic, gastric, and breast cancers, among others.[20] In the same month, Kite Pharma announced that it has entered into a worldwide research and license agreement with Alpine Immune Sciences (AIS), a privately held biotechnology startup, to discover and develop protein-based immunotherapies targeting the immune synapse to treat cancer. AIS will grant Kite an exclusive license to two programs from its transmembrane immunomodulatory protein (TIP) technology, which Kite plans to further engineer into chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) product candidates. This collaboration will accelerate Kite's efforts to establish the next generation of engineered T cell therapies specifically designed to overcome the inhibitory mechanisms present in the tumor microenvironment.[21][22]

    In December, Kite Pharma announced that it has initiated a phase 1/2 clinical study of KTE-C19 (ZUMA-3) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). KTE-C19 is an investigational therapy in which a patient's T cells are genetically modified to express a chimeric antigen receptor designed to target the antigen CD19, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B-cell lymphomas and leukemias.[6] In the same month, Kite Pharma and GE Global Research announced they will partner to develop a next-generation, functionally integrated and automated manufacturing system for engineered T-cell therapy. Kite and GE Global Research—GE’s centralized R&D hub—said they aim to increase the availability of engineered T-cell therapies by speeding up development of automation technologies that have the potential to lower costs, operate faster, and minimize variability.[23] Also in December, Kite announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation status to the Company's lead product candidate, 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).[7]

    2016

    In January, it was announced that Kite Pharma has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the NCI for the research and clinical development of a fully human anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) product candidate for the treatment of B-cell lymphomas and leukemias.[24] Moreover, Kite Pharma announced that its European subsidiary has entered into a research and license agreement with Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) to identify and develop T cell receptor (TCR) product candidates targeting solid tumors that are associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 infection.[25]

    In March, Kite Pharma has announced that it would be collaborating with Genentech, in order to evaluate the safety and efficacy of two of its novel therapies. The target population for the tests would be patients suffering from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The therapies in question, KTE-C19 and atezolizumab, would be tested in combination with each other.[26]

    In June, Kite Pharma and Cell Design Labs, Inc. announced a research collaboration and license agreement to develop next generation, precision-controlled chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) product candidates that incorporate Cell Design Labs’ molecular “on/off switch” technology.[27] Also in June, Kite Pharma announced that it has entered into a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch (ETIB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the research and clinical development of T-cell receptor (TCR) product candidates directed against human papillomavirus (HPV)-16 E6 and E7 oncoproteins for the treatment of HPV-associated cancers.[28]

    In July, Kite Pharma announced that it has entered into an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with The Regents of the University of California, on behalf of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), for technology to advance the development of off-the-shelf allogeneic T-cell therapies from renewable pluripotent stem cells.[29]

    In December, Kite Pharma and Vitruvian Networks, Inc., a pioneering cell and gene therapy software and analytics platform company co-founded by GE Ventures and the Mayo Clinic, announced a strategic partnership to create a software solution to support commercial availability of T-cell therapies. Together, the parties will design and develop a platform for patients, physicians and treatment centers that enables commercial-scale ordering, logistics, monitoring and delivery of autologous cell therapies if they are FDA-approved, including axicabtagene ciloleucel (formerly known as KTE-C19), Kite’s lead investigational engineered T-cell therapy for aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[30]

    2017

    In March, Kite announced results a clinical trial of CAR-T cells in around a hundred people with advanced Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[31]

    In April, Kite has won the ‘Clinical Trial Result of the Year’ award for its CAR-T trial of Axicabtagene Ciloleucel in patients with Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at the 2017 Clinical and Research Excellence Awards. The award recognizes clinical achievements in the pharmaceutical industry and contribution to the advancement of therapies for unmet medical needs.[32]

    In August, Kite has filed the first CAR-T candidate in Europe, seeking approval of its axicabtagene ciloleucel (KTE-C19) for two types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).[33]

    Business history

    In March 2011, Kite Pharma received $15 million in Series A venture cash.[34]

    In May 2013, Kite Pharma completed a $35 million financing of Series A preferred stock.[35][36][37]

    In April 2014, Kite Pharma completed a $50 million mezzanine private financing of convertible notes.[38][39]

    In May 2014, Kite Pharma filed a registration with the SEC for an initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock.[40]

    In June 2014, Kite Pharma sold 8,625,000 shares of its common stock in their IPO at $17.00 per share, for gross proceeds of $146.6 million.[41][42][43] The company listed on the NASDAQ Global market under the symbol “KITE.”

    In December 2014, Kite Pharma sold 4,007,750 shares of it common stock in their follow-on offering at $54.00 per share, for gross proceeds of $216.4 million.[44]

    In March 2015, Kite Pharma acquired T-Cell Factory (TCF), a privately held biotechnology company based in the Netherlands, for 20 million and renamed it – Kite Pharma EU. Per the deal, Kite Pharma has obtained license agreements with IBA GmbH, Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation and the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), which include the rights to select new intellectual property related to T-cell receptors (TCRs) developed at the NKI. Additionally, the TCF acquisition will allow Kite Pharma to access the European manufacturing facilities, paving way for the company to initiate development programs in the EU and build its presence in the region.[45][46]

    In December 2015, Kite Pharma sold 4,168,750 shares of its common stock in a public offering at $69.00 per share, for gross proceeds of $287.6 million.[47]

    In January 2017, Kite Pharma announced that it has partnered with Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd to develop and commercialize its cancer treatment therapy in Japan, putting the U.S. company in line to receive up to $250 million in payments, of the $250 million, Kite said it would receive $50 million as upfront payment.[48] Also in January, Kite Pharma announced that it had formed a joint venture with Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) Co Ltd[disambiguation needed] to develop and commercialize its cancer treatment in China. Kite Pharma said it would receive an upfront payment of $40 million from the joint venture, funded by Fosun Pharma as well as regulatory and commercial milestones totaling $35 million.[49]

    On August 28, 2017, Gilead Sciences announced that it would purchase Kite Pharma for $11.9 billion in cash ($180.00 per share).[50]

    On October 3, 2017 Gilead Sciences announced that it had completed the acquisition of Kite Pharma for 11.9 billion in cash ($180.00 per share).[51]

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