CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. ("Oncolytics" or the "Company") (TSX: ONC) (OTCQX: ONCYF) today announced that Matt Coffey PhD, MBA, has been appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Dr. Coffey had been serving as the Company's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since early November 2016.
"Dr. Coffey has transitioned seamlessly into his new role and, together with the expanded senior management team, has rapidly crafted plans to advance a range of clinical and operational initiatives," said Wayne Pisano, Chairman of Oncolytics' Board of Directors. "After careful consideration and review, taking into account his extensive knowledge of REOLYSIN®, tenure with the Company, and efforts to date, the Board has determined that Dr. Coffey is ideally positioned to lead Oncolytics' ongoing efforts to move a first in class immuno-oncology viral agent through late-stage clinical testing."
A co-founder of the Company, Dr. Coffey completed his doctorate degree in oncology at the University of Calgary with a focus on the oncolytic capabilities of the reovirus. The results of his research have been published in various respected scientific journals, including Science, Human Gene Therapy, and The EMBO Journal. Dr. Coffey has held progressively senior roles with Oncolytics including, Chief Operating Officer since December 2008, Chief Scientific Officer, Vice-President of Product Development and Chief Financial Officer.
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 later-stage, randomized human trials in various indications using REOLYSIN®, its proprietary formulation of the human reovirus. For further information about Oncolytics, please visit: www.oncolyticsbiotech.com.
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