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Kite Pharma Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Study of KTE-C19 (ZUMA-2) in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma (r/r MCL) to Support Registration for a Second Indication

SANTA MONICA, Calif.Nov. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 it has initiated a phase 2 clinical study of KTE-C19 (ZUMA-2) for the treatment of r/r MCL. 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. In addition to ZUMA-2, Kite recently initiated a phase 2 clinical study of KTE-C19 (ZUMA-1) in patients with refractory, aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).

"This phase 2 study in r/r MCL will address an unmet need in patients who have failed prior therapies," said Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to ZUMA-1 in refractory, aggressive NHL and ZUMA-2 in r/r MCL, we expect to initiate two additional pivotal KTE-C19 studies in acute lymphoblastic leukemia by the end of this year."

ZUMA-2 will proceed as a single arm, open-label, multi-center study, designed to determine the efficacy and safety of KTE-C19 in patients with MCL whose disease is refractory to or has relapsed following anthracycline- or bendamustine-containing chemotherapy and anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody therapy and ibrutinib. This study plans to enroll 70 subjects. Additional details about this study will soon be posted to

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 T 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 Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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