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Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners Reports Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results
Date:11/12/2009

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (NasdaqCM: CPRX) today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009.

Third Quarter 2009 Results

For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, the Company reported a net loss of $1,286,720, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2,855,360, or $0.22 per basic and diluted share for the same period in 2008. Third quarter 2009 results included non-cash charges relating to stock-based compensation in the amount of $75,355, compared to $104,565 in the same period in 2008. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company reported a net loss of $6,079,808, or $0.43 loss per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6,816,847, or $0.54 loss per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2008. Results for the first nine months of 2009 included non-cash charges relating to stock-based compensation in the amount of $282,161, compared to $491,177 in the same period in 2008.

Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2009 were $850,998 compared to $2,451,579 in the third quarter of 2008, including non-cash stock-based compensation of $42,642 and $54,476, respectively. Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 were $4,549,883 compared to $5,438,082 for the first nine months of 2008, including non-cash stock-based compensation of $162,782 and $328,564, respectively.

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2009 totaled $441,316 compared to $463,199 for the third quarter of 2008, including non-cash stock-based compensation of $32,713 and $50,089, respectively. General and administrative expenses for the first nine months of 2009 totaled $1,555,786 compared to $1,664,405 in the first nine months of 2008, including non-cash stock-based compensation of $119,379 and $162,613, respectively.

As a development stage biopharmaceutical company, Catalyst has no revenues to-date. At September 30, 2009, the Company had cash and cash equivalents totaling $4.9 million and no long-term debt. At September 30, 2009, on a pro forma basis after giving effect to an offering of common stock which closed on October 6, 2009, Catalyst had cash and cash equivalents of $8.6 million.

"As we reported in our September 30, 2009 press release, we are continuing our efforts to advance CPP-109 in the clinic as a treatment for cocaine addiction. We are pleased to have raised almost $4.0 million in new equity last month to apply toward our goal. We are also continuing to explore additional sources of funds that may be available to us from government agencies operating under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health, as well as from other governmental agencies with an interest in drug addiction and epilepsy. Further, we continue to seek out and engage potential strategic partners in discussions about collaborating with us in the development of both CPP-109 and our new compound, CPP-115. Finally, we now have sufficient cash to conduct additional clinical and non-clinical trials on our product candidates and to continue our operations through the first quarter of 2011," said Patrick J. McEnany, Catalyst's Chief Executive Officer.

About Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners

Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of prescription drugs targeting diseases of the central nervous system with a focus on the treatment of drug addiction and epilepsy. The Company has obtained from Brookhaven National Laboratory an exclusive worldwide license for nine patents in the United States relating to the right to use vigabatrin to treat a wide variety of substance addictions and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Catalyst has also been granted rights to Brookhaven's vigabatrin-related foreign patents or patents pending in more than 30 countries. The Company's initial product candidate based on vigabatrin is CPP-109. CPP-109 has been granted "Fast Track" status by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cocaine addiction. This indicates that the FDA has recognized that CPP-109 is intended for the treatment of a serious or life-threatening condition for which there is no effective treatment and which demonstrates the potential to address unmet medical needs. Catalyst has also recently been granted worldwide rights to another patented drug, CPP-115, by Northwestern University. The Company intends to pursue development of CPP-115 for several indications, including drug addiction and epilepsy. For more information about the Company, go to www.catalystpharma.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. A number of factors, including those factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2008 and the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 that the Company has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), could adversely affect the Company. Copies of the Company's filings with the SEC are available from the SEC, may be found on the Company's website or may be obtained upon request from the Company. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of this date.

                       CATALYST PHARMACEUTICAL PARTNERS, INC.
                          (a development stage company)

                   CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

                              For the Nine Months        For the Three Months
                              Ended September 30,        Ended September 30,
                              2009           2008        2009           2008
                              ----           ----        ----           ----

    Revenues                   $-             $-          $-             $-

    Operating costs and
     expenses:
      Research and
       development            850,998    2,451,579    4,549,883     5,438,082
      General and
       administrative         441,316      463,199    1,555,786     1,664,405
                          ----------- ------------ ------------  ------------
          Total operating
           costs and
           expenses         1,292,314    2,914,778    6,105,669     7,102,487
                          ----------- ------------ ------------  ------------
      Loss from
       operations          (1,292,314)  (2,914,778)  (6,105,669)   (7,102,487)
    Interest income             5,594       59,418       25,861       285,640
                          ----------- ------------ ------------  ------------
      Loss before income
       taxes               (1,286,720)  (2,855,360)  (6,079,808)   (6,816,847)
    Provision for income
     taxes                          -            -            -             -
                          ----------- ------------ ------------  ------------
      Net loss            $(1,286,720) $(2,855,360) $(6,079,808)  $(6,816,847)
                          =========== ============ ============  ============
    Loss per share -
     basic and diluted         $(0.09)      $(0.22)      $(0.43)       $(0.54)
                          =========== ============ ============  ============
    Weighted average
     shares outstanding -
     basic and diluted     14,065,385   12,863,196   14,065,385    12,661,859
                          =========== ============ ============  ============
                         CATALYST PHARMACEUTICAL PARTNERS, INC.
                             (a development stage company)

                               CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

                                                  September 30,   December 31,
                                                      2009           2008
                                                  -------------   ------------
                                                   (unaudited)
                         ASSETS
    Current Assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                     $4,912,346     $11,766,629
      Interest receivable                                    -          12,153
      Prepaid expenses                                  81,770         136,374
                                                        ------         -------
          Total current assets                       4,994,116      11,915,156
      Property and equipment, net                       73,231          96,376
      Deposits                                          10,511          21,436
                                                        ------          ------
          Total assets                              $5,077,858     $12,032,968
                                                    ==========     ===========

          LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current Liabilities:
      Accounts payable                                $163,067        $332,707
      Accrued expenses and other liabilities           102,627       1,097,410
                                                       -------       ---------
          Total current liabilities                    265,694       1,430,117
       Accrued expenses and other liabilities,
        non-current                                     49,596          42,636
                                                        ------          ------
          Total liabilities                            315,290       1,472,753

    Total stockholders' equity                       4,762,568      10,560,215
                                                     ---------      ----------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $5,077,858     $12,032,968
                                                    ==========     ===========

SOURCE Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.


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