AURORA, ON--(Marketwired - May 9, 2016) - Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX: HBP) (FRANKFURT: HBP) ("Helix" or the "Company"), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative drug candidates for the prevention and treatment of cancer, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Helix Polska Sp. z o.o. qualifies for a grant of approximately PLN12.5mil from the Polish National Centre for Research and Development to develop V-DOS47 in breast cancer. The acceptance of the grant is subject to review and approval of the final terms and conditions by Helix's management and Board of Directors and may be subject to conditions imposed by the granting authority and corporate or other approvals.

"The grant will assist in accelerating the research and development activities of our Polish subsidiary and enable us to advance a second immuno-oncology drug candidate from our DOS47 technology platform, to the clinic," said Dr. Sven Rohmann, Chief Executive Officer of Helix. Dr. Heman Chao, Chief Scientific Officer added that, "this grant will further enable us to expand our immuno-oncology pipeline in collaboration with world class scientists and clinical researchers in Poland."

About V-DOS47

V-DOS47 is an antibody DOS47 conjugate that targets the vascular endothelial growth factor 2 receptor (VEGFR2). V-DOS47 is the second immuno-oncology drug candidate derived from the Company's DOS47 technology platform. 

About Helix BioPharma Corp.

Helix BioPharma Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the field of cancer therapy. The company is actively developing innovative products for the prevention and treatment of cancer based on its proprietary technologies. Helix's product development initiatives include its novel L-DOS47 new drug candidate. Helix is currently listed on the TSX and FSE under the symbol "HBP".

About Helix Polska Sp z o.o.

Helix Polska Sp. z o.o., a wholly owned subsidiary of Helix BioPharma Corp, is a research stage company that specializes in the field of oncology therapeutic development. Its primary focus will be the development of V-DOS47, a tumor microenvironment modifying agent, for the treatment of breast cancer.

About the Polish National Center for Research and Development

The National Centre for Research and Development is the implementing agency of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. It was appointed in the summer 2007 as an entity in charge of the performance of the tasks within the area of national science, science and technology and innovation policies. When it was founded, it was the first entity of this type, created as the platform of an effective dialogue between the scientific and business communities. The activity of the Centre is funded by the National Treasury and the European Union. (

Forward-Looking Statements and Risks and Uncertainties

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements and information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including, without limitation, those relating to the grant from the Polish National Centre for Research and Development to develop V-DOS47 and those relating to Helix's research and development activities, including the development of V-DOS47, which may be identified by words including, without limitation, "will", "may", "anticipated", and other similar expressions, are intended to provide information about management's current plans and expectations regarding the conduct of the clinical study.

Although Helix believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated and no assurance can be given that these expectations will be realized, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Risk factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, without limitation, (i) the inherent uncertainty involved in scientific research and drug development; (ii) the risks that the conditions to the grant are not fulfilled or that any required approvals are not obtained; (iii) the need to secure additional financing on terms satisfactory to Helix or at all; and (iv) those risks and uncertainties affecting the company as more fully described in Helix's most recent Annual Report, including under the headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors", filed under Helix's profile on SEDAR at (together, the "Helix Risk Factors"). Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, that the Helix Risk Factors will not cause Helix's actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These cautionary statements qualify all such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements and information are based on the beliefs, assumptions and expectations of Helix's management on the date of this news release, and Helix does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement or information should those beliefs, assumptions or expectations, or other circumstances change, except as required by law.

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