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Kite Completes Submission of U.S. Biologics License Application (BLA) for Axicabtagene Ciloleucel as the First CAR-T Therapy for the Treatment of Patients With Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:KITE) today announced that it has completed the rolling submission with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Biologics License Application (BLA) for axicabtagene ciloleucel (previously known as KTE-C19) as a treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) who are ineligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).

“Last month, we announced positive results from our ZUMA-1 pivotal trial with axicabtagene ciloleucel,” said Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Kite. “We look forward to working closely with the FDA during the review of axicabtagene ciloleucel and the possibility of bringing this therapy to patients with aggressive NHL whose outlook is dismal with current therapy.”

In December 2015 axicabtagene ciloleucel received Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) by the FDA for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL), and primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL). If approved, Kite plans to commercially launch axicabtagene ciloleucel in 2017. Kite is also planning a regulatory submission to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for axicabtagene ciloleucel in 2017.

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) applauds Kite for achieving this significant milestone and bringing this promising therapy closer to patients with lymphoma who desperately need new options," said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS President and Chief Executive Officer. "LLS has supported companies that are working to dramatically change cancer treatment through the development of immunotherapy for the past two decades, and we immediately recognized the great opportunity to support Kite’s CAR-T program in 2015 through our Therapy Acceleration Program ® (TAP). Partnerships created through TAP, now in its tenth year, have the potential to bring several breakthrough therapies, such as axicabtagene ciloleucel, to patients in the coming year.”