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Oncolytics Biotech(R) Inc. Announces Issuance of 35th U.S. Patent

CALGARY, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (TSX: ONC, NASDAQ: ONCY) ("Oncolytics") today announced that it has been granted its 35th U.S. Patent, # 7,731,951 entitled "Viruses for the Treatment of Cellular Proliferative Disorders." The patent claims cover methods for treating cell proliferative disorders by administering modified vaccinia virus to proliferating cells having an activated Ras-pathway.

"This patent provides further coverage with respect to the use of a range of modified viruses to treat a variety of different cancers," said Mary Ann Dillahunty, Vice President of Intellectual Property for Oncolytics.

Oncolytics now has issued patents that cover methods for treating proliferative disorders using modified adenovirus, HSV, parapoxvirus and vaccinia virus in addition to an extensive patent portfolio covering oncolytic reovirus.

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(R), its proprietary formulation of the human reovirus. For further information about Oncolytics, please visit:

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 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, except as required by applicable laws.

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