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Kite Pharma to Present Clinical Biomarkers From Patients Treated With Anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy at the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kite Pharma, Inc., (Nasdaq:KITE), today announced the Company will report on preliminary biomarker data from patients with relapsed/refractory B cell malignancies treated with anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy in a poster presentation during the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which is taking place in Chicago, May 29 to June 2, 2015. In an ongoing clinical trial at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) being conducted under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., as the NCI Principal Investigator, anti-CD19 CAR T cell therapy has demonstrated durable objective responses in certain lymphomas and leukemias. The poster will be available on May 30th on the Company's website at http://www.kitepharma.com/c/news/publications.php.

ASCO 2015 Poster Presentation

Title: Biomarker Analysis of Patients Treated with Anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T Cells.

Abstract: #3028

Poster: #354

Poster Session: Developmental Therapeutics - Immunotherapy

Date and Location: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:00am, Central Time; S Hall A, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

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.

CONTACT: Kite Pharma Cynthia M. Butitta Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer 310-824-9999 For Media: Justin Jackson For Investor Inquiries: Lisa Burns and Carol Werther Burns McClellan 212-213-0006 jjackson@burnsmc.com lburns@burnsmc.com cwerther@burnsmc.com

Source:Kite Pharma, Inc.