CALGARY, Alberta and SAN DIEGO, Aug. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. (Nasdaq: ONCY) (TSX: ONC), currently developing REOLYSIN® (pelareorep), an intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus turning cold tumors hot, today announced financial results and operational highlights for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  All dollar amounts are Canadian unless otherwise noted.

“The second quarter began with clinical updates at three scientific conferences and an agreement with the FDA for our Special Protocol Assessment, followed by the announcements of two combination studies with Merck’s Keytruda and culminated in the company’s relisting on Nasdaq,” said Dr. Matt Coffey, President and CEO of Oncolytics Biotech.  “The immuno-oncology data we have presented at recent conferences, as well as the data we expect from recently announced studies supports the potential for combination with checkpoint inhibitors and other immunotherapy and anticancer agents as we broaden our pipeline to demonstrate the ultimate value of pelareorep.  Our Nasdaq listing has already raised our profile with institutional investors focusing on biotech and we hope to see additional analyst coverage out of the U.S.”

Selected highlights since April 1, 2018

Clinical Updates

  • Reached agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) for the protocol design, clinical endpoints and statistical analysis approach for the company's phase 3 study evaluating pelareorep for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.
  • Announced two combination studies with Merck’s Keytruda®:
    • Investigating pelareorep in combination with Keytruda to treat second line pancreatic cancer patients. The study, run by Dr. Devalingham Mahalingam, will plan to enroll approximately 40 patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and will be conducted at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
    • Investigating pelareorep in combination with Keytruda, Velcade® and dexamethasone to treat multiple myeloma patients. The study, facilitated by Dr. Kevin Kelly, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, will be conducted at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. 
  • Presented poster highlights from pelareorep studies at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 Annual Meeting. The presentation demonstrated that pelareorep promotes the expression of gene signatures predictive of a response to immunotherapy in breast cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma and that the tumor inflammation promoting effects in breast cancer models provide a compelling explanation for the significant overall survival benefit in hormone receptor positive metastatic breast cancer patients in the phase 2, IND 213, study.
  • Presented posters highlighting data from pelareorep studies at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2018. The presentations showed preclinical models demonstrating pelareorep increased PD-L1 expression in microsatellite stable (MSS) colorectal cancer cells (CRC) and demonstrated efficacy for pelareorep and anti-PD1 agent combination.
  • Presented positive pelareorep data in combination with Keytruda and anti-CD73 at the International Oncolytic Virus Conference 2018. The poster highlighted the effectiveness of pelareorep in combination with Keytruda and/or an anti-CD73 immunotherapy in prostate cancer cell lines.

Corporate Updates

  • Announced a share consolidation on the basis of 1 new common share for every 9.5 outstanding common shares.
  • Announced the listing of the company’s shares of common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market and commenced trading on June 1, 2018, under the symbol "ONCY".
  • Closed an underwritten public share offering of 1,532,278 common shares at a purchase price of USD $5.83 for gross proceeds of approximately USD $8.9 million.
  • Expanded the clinical development team in San Diego, including Senior Medical Personnel.

Anticipated Milestones

  • Initiate a phase 2 window of opportunity study of pelareorep in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor and/or the standard of care in the neoadjuvant breast cancer setting in 2H 2018.
  • Initiate a phase 2 study in combination with Merck’s Keytruda in multiple myeloma in 2H 2018.
  • Initiate a phase 2 study in combination with Merck’s Keytruda in advanced pancreatic cancer in 2H 2018.
  • Data from window of opportunity study in mBC in 1H 2019.
  • Data from Keytruda combination study in multiple myeloma in 2H 2019.
  • Preliminary data from Keytruda combination study in advanced pancreatic cancer in 1H 2020.


  • At June 30, 2018, the company reported $18.7 million in cash and cash equivalents.
  • As at August 2, 2018, the company had an unlimited number of authorized common shares with 16,531,956 common shares issued and outstanding, 16,443,500 warrants exercisable into 1,730,894 common shares with a $9.025 strike price and 1,153,080 options and share units.


As atJune 30,
December 31,
Current assets  
Cash and cash equivalents18,741,347 11,836,119 
Contract receivable 4,767,100 
Other receivables89,714 37,726 
Prepaid expenses1,489,212 1,176,063 
Total current assets20,320,273 17,817,008 
Non-current assets  
Property and equipment373,213 333,441 
Total non-current assets373,213 333,441 
Total assets20,693,486 18,150,449 
Liabilities And Shareholders’ Equity  
Current Liabilities  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities2,996,438 3,684,023 
Contract liability927,400 1,545,645 
Total current liabilities3,923,838 5,229,668 
Non-current liabilities  
Contract liability5,802,887 4,636,935 
Total non-current liabilities5,802,887 4,636,935 
Total liabilities9,726,725 9,866,603 
Shareholders’ equity  
Share capital
 Authorized: unlimited
  June 30, 2018 – 16,521,430 
  December 31, 2017 – 141,805,722 pre-consolidation
  December 31, 2017 – 14,926,918 post-consolidation
282,458,995 271,710,138 
Warrants3,617,570 3,617,900 
Contributed surplus27,710,089 27,028,238 
Accumulated other comprehensive income508,380 373,730 
Accumulated deficit(303,328,273)(294,446,160)
Total shareholders’ equity10,966,761 8,283,846 
Total liabilities and equity20,693,486 18,150,449 


 Three Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2018
Three Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2017
Six Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2018
Six Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2017
  Research and development2,045,417 2,918,673 4,980,308 5,186,744 
  Operating1,638,802 1,444,543 3,401,355 2,744,843 
Loss before the following(3,684,219)(4,363,216)(8,381,663)(7,931,587)
  Interest20,538 14,163 47,428 64,878 
Loss before income taxes(3,663,681)(4,349,053)(8,334,235)(7,866,709)
  Income tax expense(547,758)(89)(547,878)(152)
Net loss(4,211,439)(4,349,142)(8,882,113)(7,866,861)
Other comprehensive income (loss) items that may be reclassified to net loss     
  Translation adjustment64,029 (44,740)134,650 (65,488)
Net comprehensive loss(4,147,410)(4,393,882)(8,747,463)(7,932,349)
Basic and diluted loss per common share(0.27)(0.32)(0.58)(0.60)
Weighted average number of shares (basic and diluted)15,406,944 13,405,220 15,191,457 13,086,393 


 Share Capital



As at December 31, 2016262,321,825  26,643,044 554,060 (278,829,309)10,689,620 
Net loss and other comprehensive loss   (65,488)(7,866,861)(7,932,349)
Issued pursuant to "At the Market" agreement668,648     668,648 
Issued pursuant to public offering7,893,600 3,617,900    11,511,500 
Issued pursuant to stock option plan461,823  (166,473)  295,350 
Share based compensation  289,597   289,597 
Share issue costs(1,254,523)    (1,254,523)
As at June 30, 2017270,091,373 3,617,900 26,766,168 488,572 (286,696,170)14,267,843 
As at December 31, 2017271,710,138 3,617,900 27,028,238 373,730 (294,446,160)8,283,846 
Net loss and other comprehensive income   134,650 (8,882,113)(8,747,463)
Issued pursuant to "At the Market" Agreement553,650     553,650 
Issued pursuant to public offering11,606,882     11,606,882 
Issued pursuant to stock option plan38,269  (14,359)  23,910 
Issued pursuant to warrant agreement1,747 (330)   1,417 
Share based compensation  696,210   696,210 
Share issue costs(1,451,691)    (1,451,691)
As at June 30, 2018282,458,995 3,617,570 27,710,089 508,380 (303,328,273)10,966,761 


 Three Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2018
Three Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2017
Six Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2018
Six Month
Period Ending
June 30, 2017
Operating Activities    
Net loss for the period(4,211,439)(4,349,142)(8,882,113)(7,866,861)
Amortization - property and equipment21,126 25,688 40,984 49,724 
Share based compensation157,092 155,708 696,210 289,597 
Unrealized foreign exchange gain(97,832)(164,676)(102,345)(112,644)
Net change in non-cash working capital4,720,317 (216,906)4,227,770 (854,552)
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities589,264 (4,549,328)(4,019,494)(8,494,736)
Investing Activities    
Acquisition of property and equipment(37,443)(80,050)(80,062)(85,886)
Redemption of short-term investments   2,088,800 
Cash (used in) provided by investing activities(37,443)(80,050)(80,062)2,002,914 
Financing Activities    
Proceeds from "At the Market" equity distribution agreement 570,027 520,315 559,527 
Proceeds from public offering10,188,526 10,366,098 10,188,526 10,366,098 
Proceeds from exercise of options23,910 295,350 23,910 295,350 
Proceeds from exercise of warrants1,417  1,417  
Cash provided by financing activities10,213,853 11,231,475 10,734,168 11,220,975 
Increase in cash10,765,674 6,602,097 6,634,612 4,729,153 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period7,745,255 10,102,393 11,836,119 12,034,282 
Impact of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents230,418 (28,192)270,616 (87,137)
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period18,741,347 16,676,298 18,741,347 16,676,298 

To view the Company's Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Consolidated Financial Statements, related Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, and Management's Discussion and Analysis, please see the Company's filings, which will be available at, and on Oncolytics' website at

About REOLYSIN/Pelareorep 
REOLYSIN, also known as pelareorep, is a non-pathogenic, proprietary isolate of the unmodified reovirus: a first-in-class intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus for the treatment of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The compound induces selective tumor lysis and promotes an inflamed tumor phenotype through innate and adaptive immune responses to treat a variety of cancers.

About Oncolytics Biotech Inc.
Oncolytics is a biotechnology company developing REOLYSIN®, also known as pelareorep, an intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus. The compound induces selective tumor lysis and promotes an inflamed tumor phenotype -- turning "cold" tumors "hot" -- through innate and adaptive immune responses to treat a variety of cancers. Oncolytics' clinical development program emphasizes three pillars: chemotherapy combinations to trigger selective tumor lysis and immuno-therapy and immune modulator (IMiD) combinations to produce innate and adaptive immune responses. Oncolytics is currently conducting and planning additional studies in combination with checkpoint inhibitors and targeted and IMiD therapies in solid and hematological malignancies, as it prepares for a phase 3 registration study in metastatic breast cancer. For further information, please visit:

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities laws (such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are collectively referred to herein as “forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements, including the Company's belief as to the potential and mode of action of REOLYSIN, also known as pelareorep, as a cancer therapeutic; the collaboration between Merck and USC using pelareorep, including the  timing, enrollment and potential benefits to the Company thereof; and other statements related to anticipated developments in the Company's business and technologies involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the availability of funds and resources to pursue research and development projects, the efficacy of pelareorep as a cancer treatment, the success and timely completion of clinical studies and trials, the Company's ability to successfully commercialize pelareorep, uncertainties related to the research and development of pharmaceuticals, uncertainties related to the regulatory process and general changes to the economic environment. Investors should consult the Company's quarterly and annual filings with the Canadian and U.S. securities commissions for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to the forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws.

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