Helix BioPharma Corp. announces L-DOS47 scientific poster to be presented at American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

(Aurora, Ontario) – Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX, FSE: “HBP”), a biopharmaceutical company
developing drug candidates for the prevention and treatment of cancer, today announced that Helix’s
Chief Science Officer, Dr. Heman Chao, will be presenting a scientific poster at American Association
for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Tuesday April 9, 2013.

Dr. Chao’s poster, entitled, Development of an alkalizing antibody-enzyme conjugate for NSCLC
treatment in Phase I clinical testing, highlights the pre-clinical development results of L-DOS47 and
describes the design of the Phase I/II clinical study ongoing in Poland. Dr. Chao will be available at
AACR on Tuesday April 9th, 2013 to discuss his presentation. A copy of the poster will be made
available on Helix’s website for viewing at www.helixbiopharma.com on April 9, 2013.
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 and its Topical Interferon Alpha-2b. Helix is currently listed on the TSX and FSE under the
symbol “HBP”.

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limitation, those relating to the potential benefits of Helix’s DOS47 platform in the treatment of cancer.
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limitation, (i) the inherent uncertainty involved in scientific research and drug development; (ii) the risks associated with delay or inability to complete clinical trials successfully; (iii) need to secure additional
financing on terms satisfactory to Helix or at all; (iv) clinical trials that yield negative results, or results
that do not justify future clinical development, including that the Polish Phase I/II clinical trial for LDOS47 will yield negative results; and (v) those risks and uncertainties affecting the company as more
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