CALGARY, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - Oncolytics Biotech Inc. ("Oncolytics" or the "Company") (TSX:ONC; NASDAQ:ONCY) announced today that in connection with its previously announced unit offering, the underwriters have exercised in full their over-allotment option and purchased an additional 637,500 units. Each unit is comprised of one common share and 0.4 of a common share purchase warrant, and was sold at a price of US$3.00 per unit. Each whole common share purchase warrant entitles the holder to acquire one common share of Oncolytics upon payment of US$3.50 for a five year period ending November 23, 2014, subject to an acceleration of the expiry date in certain circumstances. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. acted as the sole book-running manager for the offering. Canaccord Capital Corporation and Bloom Burton & Co. acted as Canadian co-managers for the offering.
Together with the units sold on November 23, 2009, the Company has issued an aggregate of 4,887,500 units consisting of 4,887,500 common shares and 1,955,000 common share purchase warrants for total gross proceeds of US$14,662,500.
Oncolytics intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund its previously announced Phase III combination REOLYSIN® and paclitaxel/carboplatin trial for patients with platinum-failed head and neck cancers, its other clinical development and research and development activities, and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
"Completing this financing further strengthens our balance sheet and will allow us to proceed beyond the 80 patient first stage of enrollment in our Phase III clinical trial, while giving us improved flexibility in reviewing partnering options," said Dr. Brad Thompson, President and CEO of Oncolytics. "After giving effect to this financing, we have in excess of $36 million in cash on hand."
The securities were offered in each of the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario by way of a prospectus supplement to Oncolytics' base shelf short form prospectus and in the United States pursuant to a prospectus supplement to Oncolytics' effective Form F-10 shelf registration statement (File No. 333-151513) previously filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on June 6, 2008, as amended on June 17, 2008, pursuant to the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the Securities and Exchange Commission website at http://www.sec.gov, from the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) website at http://www.sedar.com or from the underwriters at:
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Attention: Syndicate Prospectus Department
300 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY, 10017
Telephone number: (212) 667-8563
Canaccord Adams Inc.
Attention: Ron Sedran
161 Bay Street, Suite 3000
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Telephone number (416) 869-3198
This press release does not and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration of qualification under the securities laws of any state or jurisdiction.
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.
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 use of net proceeds; 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 2009 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, exercise of the over-allotment option by the underwriters, use of net proceeds, 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.