updated 3/9/2011 11:16:19 AM ET 2011-03-09T16:16:19

CORAL GABLES, Fla., March 9, 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 on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. PST at the ROTH 23rd Annual OC Growth Stock Conference to be held March 13th through March 16th at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Hotel in Dana Point, 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 March 15th 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 methamphetamine 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: Patrick J. McEnany
         Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.
         Chief Executive Officer
         (305) 529-2522
         pmcenany@catalystpharma.com
         
         Melody Carey
         Rx Communications Group
         Co-President
         (917) 322-2571
         mcarey@rxir.com

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