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CALGARY, AB, --- September 24, 2003 - Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (“Oncolytics”) (TSX:ONC, NASDAQ:ONCY) announced today that is has entered into a bought deal agreement with Canaccord Capital Corporation. Under the agreement, Canaccord has agreed to purchase 1,000,000 units (the "Units") at a price of $5.00 per Unit, resulting in gross proceeds to Oncolytics of $5,000,000. In addition, the underwriters will have the option until 48 hours before the closing date, to acquire up to an aggregate of 200,000 additional Units at the offering price. Each Unit consists of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant, with each whole common share purchase warrant entitling the holder to acquire one common share upon payment of $6.25 per share for a period of 18 months following the closing date. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund clinical trials and for general corporate purposes. The offering is expected to close on or about October 14, 2003.

The transaction is subject to the receipt of all necessary regulatory and stock exchange approvals.

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.

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®. 

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 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 agreements, 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.