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Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Oct. 31, 2017
Document Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2017  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Trading Symbol NK  
Entity Registrant Name NANTKWEST, INC.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001326110  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   79,455,139