Oncolytics Biotech® Reports 2018 First Quarter Results

CALGARY, Alberta and SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. (TSX:ONC) (OTCQX:ONCYF), currently developing REOLYSIN® (pelareorep), an intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus turning cold tumors hot, today announced financial results and operational highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.  All dollar amounts are Canadian unless otherwise noted.

“The rapid and exciting evolution of Oncolytics has continued in 2018. We have presented exciting immuno-oncology data at a number of medical meetings which supports both our rationale for a phase 3 registration study of pelareorep in metastatic breast cancer and additional collaborations using checkpoint inhibitors,” said Dr. Matt Coffey, President and CEO of Oncolytics Biotech. “With this momentum we have begun to lay the groundwork for value driving catalysts over the next 18 months, including multiple near-term clinical programs evaluating the efficacy of pelareorep in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in a variety of cancer indications. Finally, management also advanced plans to relist Oncolytics’ shares on the NASDAQ Capital Market exchange and we continue to carefully evaluate the timing of this action.”

Selected highlights since January 1, 2018

Clinical Updates

  • Presented posters highlighting data from pelareorep studies at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2018. The presentations showed preclinical models demonstrating pelareorep increased PD-L1 expression in microsatellite stable (MSS) colorectal cancer cells (CRC) and demonstrated efficacy for pelareorep and anti-PD1 agent combination.
  • Presented positive pelareorep data in combination with Keytruda® and anti-CD73 at the International Oncolytic Virus Conference 2018. The poster highlighted the effectiveness of pelareorep in combination with Keytruda® and/or an anti-CD73 immunotherapy in prostate cancer cell lines.
  • Presented poster highlighting results from the REO 024 study at the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium sponsored by ASCO. The poster described six efficacy evaluable, second-line, pancreatic cancer patients, including two with stable disease of 126 and 277 days and remarkably, one patient that had a partial response and remained on study for 504 days, through 35 cycles of treatment.
  • Reached agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) for the protocol design, clinical endpoints and statistical analysis approach for the company’s phase 3 study evaluating pelareorep for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

Corporate Updates

  • Received shareholder approval for the consolidation of the Company’s common shares, which will enable Oncolytics to meet requirements for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

Anticipated Milestones

  • Initiate a phase 3 registration study of pelareorep in combination with paclitaxel, for the treatment HR+/HER2- mBC patients.
  • Initiate a phase 2 partner-sponsored window of opportunity study of pelareorep in combination with standard of care therapy in the neoadjuvant setting in mBC in 2H 2018.
  • Initiate multiple phase 2 partner-sponsored studies to generate important biomarker and efficacy data of pelareorep in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in 2H 2018.
  • Expand the findings of REO 024 by initiating a phase 2 study examining pelareorep in combination with pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®) in patients with relapsed metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.
  • Re-list on NASDAQ. 


  • At March 31, 2018, the Company reported $7.7 million in cash and cash equivalents.
  • As at May 3, 2018, we had an unlimited number of authorized common shares with 142,334,722 common shares issued and outstanding, 16,445,000 warrants with a $0.95 strike price and 11,339,608 options and share units.
As at March 31,
December 31,
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents 7,745,255   11,836,119  
Contract receivable 4,899,720   4,767,100  
Other receivables 38,888   37,726  
Prepaid expenses 1,087,013   1,176,063  
Total current assets 13,770,876   17,817,008  
Non-current assets    
Property and equipment 356,281   333,441  
Total non-current assets 356,281   333,441  
Total assets 14,127,157   18,150,449  

Liabilities And Shareholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 3,201,351   3,684,023  
Contract liability 927,400   1,545,645  
Total current liabilities 4,128,751   5,229,668  
Non-current liabilities    
Contract liability 5,255,180   4,636,935  
Total non-current liabilities 5,255,180   4,636,935  
Total liabilities 9,383,931   9,866,603  

Shareholders’ equity
Share capital
 Authorized: unlimited
 March 31, 2018 – 142,325,222 
 December 31, 2017 – 141,805,722
272,230,453   271,710,138  
Warrants 3,617,900   3,617,900  
Contributed surplus 27,567,356   27,028,238  
Accumulated other comprehensive income 444,351   373,730  
Accumulated deficit (299,116,834 ) (294,446,160 )
Total shareholders’ equity 4,743,226   8,283,846  
Total liabilities and equity 14,127,157   18,150,449  

For the three month period ending March 31, 2018
  Research and development 2,934,891   2,268,071  
  Operating 1,762,553   1,300,300  
Loss before the following (4,697,444 ) (3,568,371 )
  Interest 26,890   50,715  
Loss before income taxes (4,670,554 ) (3,517,656 )
  Income tax expense (120 ) (63 )
Net loss (4,670,674 ) (3,517,719 )
Other comprehensive income (loss) items that may be
  reclassified to net loss
   Translation adjustment 70,621   (20,748 )

Net comprehensive loss
(4,600,053 ) (3,538,467 )
Basic and diluted loss per common share (0.03 ) (0.03 )
Weighted average number of shares (basic and diluted) 142,249,733   121,258,222

  Share Capital
As at December 31, 2016 262,321,825     26,643,044   554,060   (278,829,309 ) 10,689,620  
Net loss and other comprehensive loss       (20,748 ) (3,517,719 ) (3,538,467 )
Share based compensation     133,889       133,889  
Share issue costs (10,500 )         (10,500 )
As at March 31, 2017 262,311,325     26,776,933   533,312   (282,347,028 ) 7,274,542  
As at December 31, 2017 271,710,138   3,617,900   27,028,238   373,730   (294,446,160 ) 8,283,846  
Net loss and other comprehensive income       70,621   (4,670,674 ) (4,600,053 )
Issued pursuant to “At the Market” Agreement 553,650           553,650  
Share based compensation     539,118       539,118  
Share issue costs (33,335 )         (33,335 )
As at March 31, 2018 272,230,453   3,617,900   27,567,356   444,351   (299,116,834 ) 4,743,226  

For the three month period ending March 31, 2018
Operating Activities    
Net loss for the period (4,670,674 ) (3,517,719 )
Amortization – property and equipment 19,858   24,036  
Share based compensation 539,118   133,889  
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss (4,513 ) 52,032  
Net change in non-cash working capital (492,547 ) (637,646 )
Cash used in operating activities (4,608,758 ) (3,945,408 )

Investing Activities
Acquisition of property and equipment (42,619 ) (5,836 )
Redemption of short-term investments   2,088,800  
Cash (used in) provided by investing activities (42,619 ) 2,082,964  

Financing Activities
Proceeds from “At the Market” equity distribution agreement 520,315   (10,500 )
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities 520,315   (10,500 )

Decrease in cash
(4,131,062 ) (1,872,944 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 11,836,119   12,034,282  
Impact of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents 40,198   (58,945 )
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 7,745,255   10,102,393  

To view the Company’s Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Consolidated Financial Statements, related Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, and Management’s Discussion and Analysis, please see the Company’s annual filings, which will be available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com and on Oncolytics’ website at http://www.oncolyticsbiotech.com/investor-centre/financials/.

About REOLYSIN/Pelareorep 
REOLYSIN, also known as pelareorep, is a non-pathogenic, proprietary isolate of the unmodified reovirus: a first-in-class intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus for the treatment of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The compound induces selective tumor lysis and promotes an inflamed tumor phenotype through innate and adaptive immune responses to treat a variety of cancers.

About Oncolytics Biotech Inc.
Oncolytics is a biotechnology company developing REOLYSIN®, also known as pelareorep, an intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus. The compound induces selective tumor lysis and promotes an inflamed tumor phenotype — turning “cold” tumors “hot” — through innate and adaptive immune responses to treat a variety of cancers. Oncolytics’ clinical development program emphasizes three pillars: chemotherapy combinations to trigger selective tumor lysis and immuno-therapy and immune modulator (IMiD) combinations to produce innate and adaptive immune responses. Oncolytics is currently planning its first registration study in metastatic breast cancer, as well as studies in combination with checkpoint inhibitors and targeted and IMiD therapies in solid and hematological malignancies. For further information, 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 and forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities laws (such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are collectively referred to herein as “forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements, including the Company’s belief as to the potential and mode of action of REOLYSIN, also known as pelareorep, as a cancer therapeutic; 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 pelareorep as a cancer treatment, the success and timely completion of clinical studies and trials, the Company’s ability to successfully commercialize pelareorep, 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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