SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kite Pharma, Inc., (Nasdaq:KITE), a leading cell therapy company, has been named to MIT Technology Review’s 2017 list of 50 Smartest Companies. To make the list, a company must exhibit technological leadership and business acumen which sets them apart from competitors. Kite was ranked #7 on this list for its leadership in establishing the field of engineered cell therapy for the treatment of cancer.
“The companies on the list combine a high level of technology innovation with a business model that will help them make the most of it,” said Nanette Byrnes, senior editor for business of MIT Technology Review. “Public and private, large and small, based in countries around the globe, this group of companies is creating new opportunities and pouncing on them. These are the ones that competitors must follow.”
The decades long journey of developing chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) technology by institutions such as the National Cancer Institute has seen tremendous advancement in just the last few years. Beginning in late 2014, Kite was able to accelerate development of engineered cell therapy and its lead CAR-T candidate, axicabtagene ciloleucel. That effort led to the presentation earlier this year of positive data from ZUMA-1, the first pivotal CAR-T trial in patients with refractory aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). A Biological License Application (BLA) for axicabtagene ciloleucel has been accepted by the FDA and, if approved, Kite plans to commercially launch axicabtagene ciloleucel in 2017.
“Kite is honored to be included and recognized as part of MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies List for our work in establishing CAR-T therapy,” said Arie Belldegrun, MD, FACS, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kite. “This year will be a transformative year across the industry for this paradigm-changing technology, which includes the potential approval by the FDA of axicabtagene ciloleucel. At Kite, we utilized the years of pioneering research from our academic collaborators and assembled a team of industry experts to advance engineered cell therapies from early research to full commercialization to address an important unmet clinical need.”
The list is included in MIT Technology Review’s annual business issue, which is available online now and on newsstands worldwide on July 4, 2017.
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Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.
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