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Thursday, 15 September 2022 |  Pharma News  | Staff Reporter


Gilead and Kite Onology launch Car T-Cell therapy operations in Brazil, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia


Gilead and Kite Onology launch CAR T-Cell therapy operations in Brazil, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia

(Saudi Arabia) - Gilead Sciences in Saudi Arabia has announced that Gilead and Kite Oncology is expanding its business with the launch of operations in Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. Gilead has submitted regulatory applications for Kite’s CAR T-cell therapy products in all three countries.

Advanced blood cancers represent an area of significant need across all three countries. In both Singapore and Saudi Arabia, lymphomas are the fifth most common cancer overall; more than 1,000 new cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) are diagnosed in Singapore and nearly 1,700 in Saudi Arabia each year. In Brazil, more than 12,000 cases of NHL are estimated to be diagnosed per year.

"As the global cell therapy leader, Kite is working to bring access to CAR T-cell therapy to new areas around the world where patients currently do not have access to this potential cure for some advanced blood cancers,” said Christi Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Kite. “We are pleased to continue expanding our international operations and look forward to partnering with the health care systems in these regions.”

Dedicated Gilead and Kite teams are now in place working to qualify leading hospitals to administer CAR T-cell therapy in each of the new countries, pending local regulatory approvals, and the Company plans to increase its workforce in these countries in 2022. Gilead and Kite currently has more than 300 qualified treatment centers globally, including in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe, as well as through our joint venture in China and our licensing partner in Japan.

Currently, Kite is the only company dedicated exclusively to the research, development, and manufacturing of cell therapy on a global scale. Kite is unique in that all functions dedicated to cell therapy are vertically integrated under one leadership team for efficient delivery of the highly specialized and complex end-to-end processes needed to support CAR T-cell therapy.


1) Lymphoma incidence in Saudi Arabia. 2020 Factsheet Saudi Arabia. Available at:

2) International Agency for Research on Cancer. Globocan 2020 Singapore. Available at:

3) Instituto Nacional de Câncer (INCA). Tipos de câncer, Linfoma não Hodgkin. Available at:








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