Kite Pharma Names VP

Santa Monica-based Kite Pharma, which is developing treatments for cancer, said late Thursday that it has named Christine Cassiano as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. Cassiano was previously at W2O Group, and was co-founder of ARC2 Communications and Media, in addition to serving at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Amgen, Allergan and Abraxis BioScience. Kite Pharma has product candidates aimed at treating hematological (blood-based) and solid cancers.