updated 1/4/2011 8:16:12 AM ET 2011-01-04T13:16:12

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Jan. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPRX) announced today that Patrick J. McEnany, Catalyst's Chief Executive Officer, will be making a presentation at the Biotech ShowcaseTM 2011 Conference to be held January 10th through January 12th at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel in San Francisco, California. Catalyst will present a Corporate Overview, including its development plans for CPP-109 and CPP-115. Further, the Company reported that its presentation materials from the conference will be posted on January 11th on the Company's website, www.catalystpharma.com , under "Events and Presentations."

About Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners

Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of prescription drugs targeting addiction and diseases of the central nervous system, such as epilepsy and pain management. Catalyst has two products in development, and is currently evaluating its lead product candidate, CPP-109 (vigabatrin, a GABA aminotransferase inhibitor), for the treatment of cocaine addiction. CPP-109 has been granted "Fast Track" status by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cocaine addiction. Catalyst also expects to evaluate CPP-109 for the treatment of other addictions, such as opioid abuse and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Catalyst is also developing CPP-115, another GABA aminotransferase inhibitor that is more potent than vigabatrin and has reduced side effects (e.g., visual field defects, or VFDs) from those associated with vigabatrin. Catalyst is planning to develop CPP-115 for several indications, including drug addiction, epilepsy and pain management. CPP-115 has been granted orphan-drug designation for the treatment of infantile spasms by the FDA. Catalyst believes that it controls all current intellectual property for drugs that have a mechanism of action related to the inhibition of GABA aminotransferase. For more information about the Company, go to www.catalystpharma.com .

CONTACT:  Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.
          Patrick J. McEnany, Chief Executive Officer 
          (305) 529-2522
          pmcenany@catalystpharma.com

          Rx Communications Group
          Melody Carey, Co-President
          (917) 322-2571
          mcarey@rxir.com

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