Oncolytics Biotech® Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results and Operational Highlights

Oncolytics Biotech® Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results and Operational Highlights

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO and CALGARY, Alberta, March 5, 2020

Management hosting conference call and webcast today at 5:00 pm ET

SAN DIEGO and CALGARY, Alberta, March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCY) (TSX: ONC), currently developing pelareorep, an intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus, today announced its financial results and operational highlights for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019. All dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian currency unless otherwise noted.

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"As we implemented our focused clinical development and investor relations strategies during 2019, our market valuation and trading volume experienced significant increases," said Kirk Look, Chief Financial Officer at Oncolytics. "Since the middle of the fourth quarter and into 2020, we have leveraged multiple prudent and effective financing strategies, while maintaining trading volume and share price. As of today, with cash of $29.7 million, our financial runway takes us to the middle of 2021, fully funding our 2020 program and a considerable set of catalysts, including multiple clinical data announcements."

"During 2019, we successfully delivered on our strategy to engage pharma as we laid the groundwork for a catalyst rich 2020 and 2021," said Dr. Matt Coffey, President and CEO of Oncolytics Biotech. "We engaged industry leaders, including Pfizer, Roche, Merck, EMD Serono and BMS, to establish relationships and support four of our five ongoing clinical studies in which we combine pelareorep with checkpoint inhibitors. While we continue to focus on demonstrating the effectiveness of pelareorep in patients with metastatic breast cancer, parallel efforts by large pharma seek to use pelareorep to enhance the efficacy and broaden the application of their immune checkpoint inhibitors. Indeed, we are hopeful that our biomarker strategy, along with our distinct competitive advantages of intravenous delivery and excellent safety profile, makes pelareorep an attractive therapy to boost the range and potency of checkpoint inhibitors commercialized by multiple large pharma companies." 

Select highlights from 2019 and early 2020

Breast Cancer Program

Multiple Myeloma Program


Additional Scientific Collaborations: Future Opportunities

Corporate Updates

Anticipated Milestones

·  Phase 2 second line pancreatic cancer study – interim data (ASCO)*: Q2 2020

*Guidance provided by clinical investigators


Webcast and Conference Call

Management will host a conference call for Analysts and Institutional Investors at 5:00 pm ET, today, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The live call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-231-8191 for callers in North America. Overseas callers should contact investor relations for the toll-free dial information for their country. A replay of this call will be available approximately two hours after the call is ended at 1-855-859-2056, using the replay code 3119607 and will be available for one week.

A live webcast of the call will be accessible on the Investor Relations page of Oncolytics' website at www.oncolyticsbiotech.com and will be archived for three months.

About Pelareorep

Pelareorep is a non-pathogenic, proprietary isolate of the unmodified reovirus: a first-in-class intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic dsRNA virus in development 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 and has been demonstrated to be able to escape neutralizing antibodies found in patients.

About Oncolytics Biotech Inc.

Oncolytics is a biotechnology company developing 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.

Pelareorep has demonstrated synergies with immune checkpoint inhibitors and may also be synergistic with other approved immuno-oncology agents. Oncolytics is currently conducting and planning additional studies in combination with checkpoint inhibitors and targeted therapies in solid and hematological malignancies, as it prepares for a phase 3 registration study in metastatic breast cancer. 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 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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