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Kite Pharma Completes $35 Million Series A Preferred Stock Financing
Date:5/15/2013

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kite Pharma Inc. (Kite), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing innovative targeted immunotherapies for cancer, today announced that it has closed a $20 million private placement of shares of its Series A Preferred Stock. In addition to the $20 million in new funds, Kite converted $15 million in outstanding promissory notes into shares of Series A Preferred Stock. Joined by a new investor, Alta Partners, all existing major investors participated in the financing, including Kite's Founder and Executive Chairman, Arie Belldegrun , M.D., David Bonderman , Pontifax Ltd., Commercial Street Capital, and Michael Milken.

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Kite is engaged in the development of novel cancer immunotherapeutic products with a focus on engineered autologous T cell therapy (eACT), designed to restore a patient's immune system by recognizing and eradicating tumors. In partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surgery Branch under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Kite is advancing a pipeline of proprietary eACT product candidates directed at a wide range of cancer indications. These novel personalized and targeted immunotherapies, which capitalize on the selectivity and potency of immune cells, are aimed at providing significant and durable clinical benefit regardless of tumor origin, disease stage, and prior treatments.

"We are extremely pleased with the significant level of interest in Kite and its programs by our existing investors and by Alta Partners, a premier life sciences investment firm," said Aya Jakobovits , Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Kite Pharma. "The new resources will allow us to advance clinical a
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