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CALGARY, AB, --- December 3, 2002 - Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (‘Oncolytics’) (TSX:ONC, NASDAQ:ONCY) announced today that it has entered into an agreement, subject to regulatory approval, with Canaccord Capital Corporation ("Canaccord") to issue up to 750,000 units at a price of $2.00 per unit, each unit consisting of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant. Each whole common share purchase warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one common share in the capital of Oncolytics upon payment of $3.00 per share until the date that is 18 months following closing. Canaccord will receive a commission of 10% of the gross proceeds and a broker warrant entitling Canaccord to acquire a number of common shares of Oncolytics equal to 5% of the number of units issued. Each broker warrant will be exercisable into one common share of Oncolytics upon payment of $3.00 per warrant until the date that is 18 months following closing. The common shares to be issued by Oncolytics will be subject to a four-month hold provision. The private placement is anticipated to close on Wednesday, December 11, 2002.
Proceeds of the sale of the units will be used by Oncolytics for general corporate purposes.
About Oncolytics Biotech Inc.
Oncolytics is a Calgary-based biotechnology company focused on the development of REOLYSIN®, its proprietary formulation of the human reovirus, as a potential cancer therapeutic. Oncolytics’ researchers have demonstrated that the reovirus is able to selectively kill human cancer cells in vitro that are derived from many types of cancer, including breast, prostate, pancreatic and brain tumours, and have also demonstrated successful cancer treatment results in a number of animal models. Phase I clinical trial results have indicated that there were no toxicology-related issues with the administration of the reovirus, and that the reovirus demonstrated activity in tumours injected with REOLYSIN®. The company is currently conducting a T2 prostate cancer study, and a Phase I/II recurrent malignant glioma (brain cancer) study.
The securities to be issued by Oncolytics have not and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), or the securities laws of any state of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption therefrom under the 1933 Act and the securities laws of all applicable states. This press release is not an offer of securities in the United States.
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 expectations related to the private placement of the units as to progress in the clinical trial program and the Company’s belief as to the potential of REOLYSIN® as a cancer therapeutic, 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, ability of the Company to complete the private placement on the terms set forth in its agreement with Canaccord, the Company’s ability to obtain regulatory approval for the offering, 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.