Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

May 10, 2012, 07:00 ET from Oncolytics Biotech Inc.

CALGARY, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (TSX:ONC, NASDAQ: ONCY) ("Oncolytics" or the "Company") today announced its financial results and operational highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

"In early April, 2012, we announced that we had completed enrollment in the first, 80-patient stage of our Phase III trial in head and neck cancers.  The analysis of this patient group will be a significant milestone," said Dr. Brad Thompson, President and CEO of Oncolytics. "We've also significantly expanded our Phase II program through agreements with the NCIC which allow us to conduct randomized clinical studies in both prostate and colorectal cancers."

Selected Highlights

Since January 1, 2012, the Company has made a number of significant announcements:

Clinical Trial Program

  • Completion of enrollment in the first, 80-patient stage of its Phase III clinical trial examining REOLYSIN® in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin in patients with platinum-refractory head and neck cancers (REO 018);
  • Entry into an agreement whereby the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (CTG) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, will sponsor and conduct a randomized Phase II study of REOLYSIN in patients with recurrent or metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer enrolling up to 80 patients;
  • Entry into an agreement whereby the NCIC CTG at Queen's University will sponsor and conduct a randomized Phase II study of REOLYSIN in patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer enrolling up to 100 patients;

Preclinical Program

  • Presentation of five posters covering preclinical research in a range of cancer types at the 2012 AACR Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL; and


  • Closed bought deal financing, which was increased post-announcement from $15 million to $18.5 million, for gross proceeds of $21.3 million following the full exercise of the over-allotment option by the syndicate of underwriters.


  March 31,     December 31,
  2012 $     2011 $
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents 44,622,078     32,918,751
Short-term investments 1,969,228     1,936,787
Accounts receivable 52,957     55,392
Prepaid expenses 331,523     721,576
Total current assets 46,975,786     35,632,506
Non-current assets        
Property and equipment 395,982     392,111
Total non-current assets 395,982     392,111
Total assets 47,371,768     36,024,617
Liabilities And Shareholders' Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 6,072,297     6,504,238
Total current liabilities 6,072,297     6,504,238
Shareholders' equity        
Share capital                
  Authorized: unlimited        
  March 31, 2012 - 76,464,251        
  December 31, 2011 - 71,251,335 197,371,836     177,282,566
Warrants 3,030,519     2,653,627
Contributed surplus 20,948,236     21,142,519
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (151,760)     (117,501)
Accumulated deficit (179,899,360)     (171,440,832)
Total shareholders' equity 41,299,471     29,520,379
Total liabilities and equity 47,371,768     36,024,617


For the three month period ending March 31, 2012 $     2011 $
Research and development 7,490,544     2,971,611
Operating 1,088,051     1,127,011
Operating loss (8,578,595)     (4,098,622)
Change in fair value of warrant liability     36,000
Interest 120,067     91,506
Loss before income taxes (8,458,528)     (3,971,116)
Income tax expense    
Net loss (8,458,528)     (3,971,116)
Other comprehensive loss - translation adjustment (34,259)     (36,880)
Net comprehensive loss (8,492,787)     (4,007,996)
Basic and diluted loss per common share (0.11)     (0.06)
Weighted average number of shares (basic and diluted) 74,552,824     69,956,058


  Share Capital Contributed Surplus Warrants Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss Accumulated Deficit Total
  $ $ $ $ $ $
As at December 31, 2010 155,439,610 19,399,489 4,108,652 (156,660) (142,396,131) 36,394,960
Net loss and comprehensive loss (36,880) (3,971,116) (4,007,996)
Exercise of warrants 21,487,080 (1,455,025) 20,032,055
Exercise of stock options 220,372 (36,330) 184,042
Share based compensation 2,873 2,873
As at March 31, 2011 177,147,062 19,366,032 2,653,627 (193,540) (146,367,247) 52,605,934
  Share Capital Contributed Surplus Warrants Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss Accumulated Deficit Total
  $ $ $ $ $ $
As at December 31, 2011 177,282,566 21,142,519 2,653,627 (117,501) (171,440,832) 29,520,379
Net loss and comprehensive loss (34,259) (8,458,528) (8,492,787)
Issued, pursuant to a bought deal financing 19,418,551 376,892 19,795,443
Exercise of stock options 670,719 (208,136) 462,583
Share based compensation 13,853 13,853
As at March 31, 2012 197,371,836 20,948,236 3,030,519 (151,760) (179,899,360) 41,299,471


For the three month period ending March,   2012 $     2011 $
Operating Activities          
Net loss for the period   (8,458,528)     (3,971,116)
Amortization - property and equipment   28,061     17,275
Share based compensation   13,853     2,873
Change in fair value of warrant liability       (36,000)
Unrealized foreign exchange loss   (45,009)     191,149
Net change in non-cash working capital   (39,453)     (59,982)
Cash used in operating activities   (8,501,076)     (3,855,801)
Investing Activities            
Acquisition of property and equipment   (31,932)     (15,276)
Purchase of short-term investments   (32,441)    
Cash used in investing activities   (64,373)     (15,276)
Financing Activities            
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and warrants   462,583     14,715,297
Proceeds from public offering   19,795,443    
Cash provided by financing activities   20,258,026     14,715,297
Increase in cash   11,692,577     10,844,220
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   32,918,751     39,296,682
Impact of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents   10,750     (228,029)
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   44,622,078       49,912,873

To view the Company's First Quarter 2012 Consolidated Financial Statements, related Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, and Management's Discussion and Analysis, please see the Company's quarterly filings which will be available on www.sedar.com and on www.oncolyticsbiotech.com

About Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Oncolytics is a Calgary-based biotechnology company focused on the development of oncolytic viruses as potential cancer therapeutics. Oncolytics' clinical program includes a variety of human trials including a Phase III trial in head and neck cancers using REOLYSIN, its proprietary formulation of the human reovirus. For further information about Oncolytics, please visit: www.oncolyticsbiotech.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward-looking statements, including the Company's belief as to the potential of REOLYSIN as a cancer therapeutic; the Company's expectations as to the success of its research and development programs in 2012 and beyond, the Company's planned operations, the value of the additional patents and intellectual property; the Company's expectations related to the applications of the patented technology; the Company's expectations as to adequacy of its existing capital resources; the design, timing, success of planned clinical trial programs; 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 REOLYSIN as a cancer treatment, the success and timely completion of clinical studies and trials, the Company's ability to successfully commercialize REOLYSIN, 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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