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Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Announces Gene Therapy Publication on Reovirus Treatment for Melanoma
Date:4/16/2008

CALGARY, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Oncolytics Biotech Inc. ("Oncolytics") (TSX:ONC, NASDAQ:ONCY) announced today that Prof. Alan Melcher and his research group at St. James's University Hospital in Leeds, U.K. published the results of their work in the April 10 online issue of Gene Therapy. The paper is entitled "Inflammatory Tumour Cell Killing by Oncolytic Reovirus for the Treatment of Melanoma."

The investigators showed that reovirus effectively kills and replicates in both human melanoma cell lines and freshly resected tumour. They demonstrated that reovirus melanoma killing is more potent than, and distinct from, chemotherapy or radiotherapy-induced cell death. They concluded that reovirus is suitable for clinical testing in melanoma.

"Our ongoing preclinical work indicates that reovirus has a number of mechanisms by which it kills melanoma cell lines and tumours," said Dr. Brad Thompson, President and CEO of Oncolytics. "This most recent work provides additional support to our upcoming Phase II melanoma clinical trial with the U.S. National Cancer Institute."

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/II 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 http://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. Forward-looking statements, including the implication of the materials published in "Gene Therapy" with respect to REOLYSIN(R), the Company's expectations related to the results of trials investigat
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