Spotlight On... Kite and Roche team up in lymphoma; AstraZeneca buys Orexo's respiratory drug; and more...

Kite Pharma ($KITE) is teaming up with Roche's ($RHHBY) Genentech to study its CAR-T cancer therapy in tandem with the checkpoint inhibitor atezolizumab in blood cancer. Under the agreement, Kite and Roche are planning a Phase Ib/II combo study in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, planning to start enrollment this year. Kite's KTE-C19 works by re-engineering patients' own T cells to home in on the cancer antigen CD19, while Roche's in-development atezolizumab is designed to help unblind the immune system to malignancies. The partners believe a combination of the two treatments could have a promising future in a variety of cancer types. News

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Pharma Manufacturing News

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