Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Announces Issuance of 21th U.S. Patent

CALGARY, May 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (TSX:
ONC, NASDAQ: ONCY) (“Oncolytics”) has been granted U.S. Patent 7,223,585
entitled “Viral Purification Methods.” The claims cover the production and
purification of viruses including reovirus.

“This patent expands our intellectual property portfolio well beyond that
of reovirus,” said Dr. Matt Coffey, Chief Scientific Officer of Oncolytics.
“We have now secured six U.S. patents relating to production or purification
of viruses in addition to the various trade secrets relating to manufacture of
our agent.”

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 Phase I and Phase II human
trials using REOLYSIN(R), its proprietary formulation of the human reovirus,
alone and in combination with radiation or chemotherapy. For further
information about Oncolytics, please visit www.oncolyticsbiotech.com

This news release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning
of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
Forward-looking statements, including among others, the Company’s belief as to
the importance of the issuance of this patent, the safety and efficacy of the
reovirus, the Company’s expectations as to the potential applications of the
patented technology and other statements relating to anticipated developments
in the Company’s business and technologies, involve known and unknown risks
and uncertainties that 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 efficacy of REOLYSIN(R) as a cancer
treatment, the success and timely completion of clinical studies and trials,
uncertainties related to the research and development of pharmaceuticals and
uncertainties related to the regulatory process. 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.

SOURCE Oncolytics Biotech Inc.