March 16, 2016
Kite Pharma Deepens Cell Manufacturing and Operations Expertise with Appointment of Tim Moore
Senior Biopharma Executive Led Global Biopharmaceutical Production, Technical Operations and Supply Chain During 12-Year Tenure at Genentech
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:KITE) today announced the appointment of Tim Moore as Executive Vice President, Technical Operations. With more than three decades of industry experience, Mr. Moore
will be responsible for product development, manufacturing, supply
chain, quality assurance, and end-to-end process optimization for all
aspects of Kite's engineered T cell product candidates. Mr. Moore will report to Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
"We are pleased to welcome Tim Moore and the deep, global experience he brings in biopharmaceutical production to Kite," said Dr. Belldegrun.
"Tim has directly contributed to the design and management of one of
the most reliable, efficient and skilled biopharmaceutical manufacturing
operations in the world. His breadth of operational expertise and
commitment to innovation and quality will serve Kite well as we prepare
for the potential launch of KTE-C19 in 2017."
Mr. Moore joins Kite Pharma from Genentech,
a member of the Roche Group, where he served most recently as Senior
Vice President and Global Head of Pharmaceutical Technical Operations
Biologics and a member of the Genentech
Executive Committee. In this position, he oversaw global manufacturing
and end-to-end quality supply performance of more than 20 biological
product families totaling more than $28 billion in sales, across 150 countries, 7,500 professionals and 10 internal manufacturing sites. Mr. Moore's previous roles at Genentech include Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Vice President, South San Francisco Manufacturing, and Vice President, Corporate Engineering. Prior to joining Genentech, he served as Vice President, Operations at ZLB Behring (formerly Aventis Behring). Mr. Moore has also held engineering positions at
Merck & Co. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, and an MS in engineering management from Northwestern University.
is uniquely positioned with advanced manufacturing capabilities, tested
cell production processes, and an industry-leading approach to process
innovation," said Mr. Moore. "I am excited to be part
of the pioneering team that is working to bring potentially
transformative engineered cell therapies to patients in dire need of
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 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 www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.
is an investigational therapy in which a
patient's T cells are genetically modified to express a CAR designed to
target the antigen CD19, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B
cell lymphomas and leukemias. Kite is currently enrolling four pivotal
studies (also known as ZUMA studies) for KTE-C19 in patients with
various B cell malignancies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation status to KTE-C19, for the
treatment of patients with refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma,
primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma, and transformed follicular
lymphoma. KTE-C19 has also secured Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. for DLBCL and in the EU for various hematological indications.
About Kite's ZUMA Clinical Programs
|Phase 2 Pivotal|
|Refractory DLBCL, PMBCL, TFL||Phase 2 enrolling|
|Phase 2 Pivotal|
|Relapsed/refractory MCL||Phase 2 enrolling|
|Phase 1/2 Pivotal|
|Relapsed/refractory Adult ALL||Phase 1/2 enrolling|
|Phase 1/2 Pivotal|
|Relapsed/refractory Pediatric ALL||Phase 1/2 enrolling|
|DLBCL = diffuse large B cell lymphoma|
|PMBCL = primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma|
|TFL = transformed follicular lymphoma|
|MCL = mantle cell lymphoma|
|ALL = acute lymphoblastic leukemia|
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ability to advance multiple clinical trials of KTE-C19 and to obtain
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