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Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Announces Gene Therapy Publication on Reovirus Treatment for Melanoma

CALGARY, April 16, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Oncolytics Biotech Inc. ("Oncolytics") 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 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 investigating delivery of REOLYSIN(R), and the Company's belief as to the potential of REOLYSIN(R) as a cancer therapeutic, 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 REOLYSIN(R) as a cancer treatment, the success and timely completion of clinical studies and trials, the Company's ability to successfully commercialize REOLYSIN(R), 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.

CONTACT: Oncolytics Biotech Inc., Cathy Ward, 210, 1167 Kensington Cr, NW,Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1X7, Tel: (403) 670-7377, Fax: (403) 283-0858,; The Equicom Group, Nick Hurst, 600, 205 5th Ave.,SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2V7, Tel: (403) 538-4845, Fax: (403) 266-2453,; The Investor Relations Group, Erika Moran, 11Stone St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10004, Tel: (212) 825-3210, Fax: (212)825-3229, cathy.ward@oncolytics.ca nhurst@equicomgroup.com emoran@investorrelationsgroup.com

Ticker Symbol: (Toronto:ONC.),(NASDAQ-NMS:ONCY)

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Posted: April 2008

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