Oncolytics Biotech® Successfully Raises US$15 Million to Advance Breast and Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Programs
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 8, 2023 /CNW/ -- Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. ("Oncolytics" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ONCY) (TSX: ONC) today announced the closing (the "Closing") of the previously announced underwritten public offering of US$15,000,750 (the "Offering"). An institutional investor was a significant participant in the Offering. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Offering to continue the advancement of its pelareorep clinical programs in metastatic breast and pancreatic cancers, as well as general corporate and working capital purposes.
Leede Jones Gable Inc. acted as underwriter and bookrunner (the "Underwriter") in accordance with the terms of an underwriting agreement between the Company and the Underwriter dated as of August 1, 2023 (the "Underwriting Agreement"), pursuant to which Oncolytics issued 6,667,000 units (the "Equity Units") for gross proceeds to the Company of US$15,000,750 at a price of US$2.25 per Equity Unit. Each Equity Unit consists of one common share of the Company (each a "Common Share") and one Common Share purchase warrant (each a "Warrant"). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one Common Share at an exercise price of US$2.81 at any time up to 60 months following the Closing, subject to acceleration in certain circumstances.
In addition, pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, the Company granted the Underwriter an option (the "Over-Allotment Option"), exercisable in part or in whole at the Underwriter's sole discretion, at any time beginning on the Closing until 30 days following the Closing, to purchase up to that number of additional Equity Units, Common Shares or Warrants, or any combination thereof, as is equal to 15% of the aggregate number of Equity Units sold in the Offering to cover the Underwriter's over-allotment position, if any, and for market stabilization purposes.
Pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, in consideration for the services rendered by the Underwriter in connection with the Offering, at the Closing, the Company paid to the Underwriter a cash commission equal to 7.0% of the aggregate gross proceeds raised from the Offering and issued to the Underwriter such number of compensation warrants (the "Compensation Warrants") as is equal to 7.0% of the aggregate number of Equity Units sold in the Offering. Each Compensation Warrant is exercisable into one Common Share (an "Underwriter's Warrant Share") at an exercise price of US$2.25 per Underwriter's Warrant Share at any time up to 60 months following the Closing.
The Offering is being made by way of a prospectus supplement to the Company's short form base shelf prospectus filed on August 1, 2023 in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Quebec, pursuant to National Instrument 44-101 – Short Form Prospectus Distributions and National Instrument 44-102 - Shelf Distributions.
The securities referred to in this news release have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from the U.S. registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer for sale of securities, nor a solicitation for offers to buy any securities in the United States, nor in any other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. Any public offering of securities in the United States must be made by means of a prospectus containing detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.
About Oncolytics Biotech Inc.
Oncolytics is a biotechnology company developing pelareorep, an intravenously delivered immunotherapeutic agent. This compound induces anti-cancer immune responses 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 multiple approved oncology treatments. Oncolytics is currently conducting and planning combination clinical trials with pelareorep in solid and hematological malignancies as it advances towards registrational studies in metastatic breast cancer and pancreatic 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 contained in this press release include statements regarding Oncolytics' belief as to the potential and benefits of pelareorep as a cancer therapeutic; the Company's anticipated use of proceeds from the Offering: the terms of the Warrants, the Compensation Warrants and the Over-Allotment Option; the Company's plans to advance towards a registrational study in metastatic pancreatic cancer; and other statements related to anticipated developments in Oncolytics' business and technologies. In any forward-looking statement in which Oncolytics expresses an expectation or belief as to future results, such expectations or beliefs are expressed in good faith and are believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the statement or expectation or belief will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause Oncolytics' 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, Oncolytics' 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. In particular, the Company may be impacted by business interruptions resulting from COVID-19 coronavirus, including operating, manufacturing supply chain, clinical trial and project development delays and disruptions, labour shortages, travel and shipping disruption, and shutdowns (including as a result of government regulation and prevention measures). It is unknown whether and how Oncolytics may be affected if the COVID-19 pandemic persists for an extended period of time. The Company may incur expenses or delays relating to such events outside of its control, which could have a material adverse impact on the Company's business, operating results and financial condition. Investors should consult Oncolytics' 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 any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws.
Director of IR & Communication
Investor Relations for Oncolytics
SOURCE Oncolytics Biotech® Inc.
Released August 8, 2023