Form 6-K Press Release


Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 6-K

Report of Foreign Private Issuer

Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the month of May 2006

Commission File Number 000-31062

Oncolytics Biotech Inc.

(Translation of registrant’s name into English)

Suite 210, 1167 Kensington Crescent NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1X7

(Address of principal executive offices)

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Press Release


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

    Oncolytics Biotech Inc.
Date May 17, 2006   By:   /s/ Doug Ball
Doug Ball
Chief Financial Officer



ONCOLYTICS BIOTECH LOGO 210, 1167 Kensington Crescent NW
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2N 1X7

Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Appoints Dr. Ed Levy to the Board of Directors
CALGARY, AB — May 17, 2006 — Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (TSX: ONC, NASDAQ: ONCY) (‘Oncolytics’) today announced the appointment of Ed Levy, PhD, to Oncolytics’ Board of Directors.
“Through his senior management positions at QLT, Dr. Levy has had extensive experience in establishing, developing and building alliances with major pharmaceutical companies, as well as playing a significant role in building QLT into a major biotechnology company in Canada,” said Dr. Brad Thompson, President and CEO of Oncolytics.
Upon retiring from QLT in late 2002, Dr. Levy became an adjunct professor at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. From 1988 to 2002, Dr. Levy was with Vancouver-based biotechnology company QLT Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President from 1998. In these roles, he was primarily responsible for negotiating and managing QLT’s strategic alliances, led strategic planning and oversaw the company’s intellectual property. Dr. Levy served on the board of BIOTECanada from 1999-2002, and he has served on the boards of several technology companies and not-for-profits. Dr. Levy holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University and taught philosophy of science at UBC from 1967-1988.
“Oncolytics is developing a very promising approach for cancer treatment,” said Dr. Levy. “I am pleased to be working with Oncolytics to further develop REOLYSIN®.”
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 and Phase I/II human trials using REOLYSIN®, its proprietary formulation of the human reovirus, alone and in combination with radiation. For further information about Oncolytics, please visit


Oncolytics Biotech Inc.   The Equicom Group
Cathy Ward   Nick Hurst
210, 1167 Kensington Cr NW   20 Toronto Street
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1X7   Toronto, Ontario M5C 2B8
Tel: 403.670.7377   Tel: 416.815.0700 ext. 226
Fax: 403.283.0858   Fax: 416.815.0080    
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