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Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals Adds Acclaimed Cancer Research Pioneer Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D. to Its Scientific Advisory Board
Date:10/7/2009

CRANBURY, N.J., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held pharmaceutical company, announced today that groundbreaking cancer research scientist Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a Professor of Biology at MIT, has joined the company's Scientific Advisory Board.

Widely recognized for his discoveries of the first human oncogene (the ras oncogene that causes normal cells to form tumors), and the isolation of the first known tumor suppressor gene -- the Rb gene, Dr. Weinberg has long been recognized as a pioneer in cancer research.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Weinberg to our Scientific Advisory Board," commented Dr. Robert Shorr, CEO, of Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals. "Dr. Weinberg's accomplishments in cancer research are monumental and we believe his experience, guidance and vision will be of tremendous benefit to the Company."

Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals is currently recruiting patients with solid tumors to advance multiple Phase I/II human clinical trials of CPI-613, its lead drug to emerge from the company's Altered Energy Metabolism Directed (AEMD) technology platform. CPI-613 is the first drug in a new chemical class that, through a novel mechanism, targets metabolic changes that may be common to many cancer types. CPI-613 is being evaluated in a Phase I/II single agent trial for patients who have failed all other therapy as well as in a Phase I/II combination trial with gemcitabine in newly diagnosed or relapsed patients determined to be treated with gemcitabine. Pancreatic cancer, like many solid tumors, typically has a poor prognosis, spreads rapidly and often goes undetected in its early stages. CPI-613 has been granted orphan drug status by the US FDA for pancreatic cancer.

"I am pleased to join Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals as a member of its Scientific Advisory Board and look forward to
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