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Kite Pharma to Present at the 33rd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 7, 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 Arie Belldegrun, MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the 33rd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time. The event will be held in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. In addition, members of the Kite management team will participate in the Sanford C. Bernstein "Rising Stars Breakfast" on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in San Francisco.

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 eACT™ designed to restore the immune system's ability to recognize and eradicate tumors. In partnership with the NCI Surgery Branch through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Kite is advancing a pipeline of proprietary eACT™ product candidates, both CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) and TCR (T cell receptor) products, directed to a wide range of cancer indications. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite Pharma, please visit www.kitepharma.com.

CONTACT: Kite Contacts: Cynthia M. Butitta Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer 310-824-9999 For Media: Justin Jackson For Investor Inquiries: Nancy Yu Burns McClellan (212) 213-0006 jjackson@burnsmc.com nyu@burnsmc.com

Source:Kite Pharma, Inc.