Gilead Sciences and Kite to acquire Cell Design Labs

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Gilead Sciences and its cell therapy subsidiary Kite Pharma have agreed a deal to purchase the biotherapeutics company Cell Design Labs.

The preclinical-stage company offers significant expertise in custom cell engineering and is currently developing two proprietary technology platforms: the synthetic gene expression system synNotch and Throttle, which can be used to modulate CAR-T activity using small molecules.

“Gilead Sciences and Kite have agreed to purchase Cell Design Labs, a specialist creator of custom cell engineering solutions.“

It is expected that the addition of these technologies to Kite's existing research and development programmes could lead to the treatment of a broader range of haematological malignancies and solid tumors, while also improving the selectivity and safety of future treatments.

Gilead will acquire all outstanding shares of Cell Design Labs, which includes a stake currently held by Kite, for up to approximately $567 million (423.58 million pounds), including an initial upfront fee of $175 million and additional milestone-based payments of up to $322 million.

Dr John Milligan, Gilead's president and chief executive officer, said: "This acquisition demonstrates our deep commitment to continuing to invest in future innovation in the field of cellular therapy, both internally and externally."

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