CORAL GABLES, Fla., June 25 CatalystPharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) announced today that it is set tojoin the Russell Microcap(R) Index when Russell Investments reconstitutes itsfamily of U.S. indexes on June 27, 2008, according to a preliminary list ofadditions posted on June 13, 2008 on www.russell.com .
Membership in the Russell Microcap Index, which remains in place for oneyear, means automatic inclusion in the appropriate growth and value styleindexes. Russell determines membership for its equity indexes primarily byobjective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.
Patrick J. McEnany, Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, noted, "We arepleased that the Company's shares are being added to the Russell MicrocapIndex. We view this as recognition of Catalyst's numerous accomplishments overthe past year, which have translated into increased market value for ourshareholders. Among other milestones during the remainder of the year, we lookforward to reporting top line results for our U.S. Phase II clinical trialevaluating our lead compound, CPP-109, as a treatment for cocaine addiction,as well as the initiation of a U.S. Phase II clinical trial for CPP-109 as apotential treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Catalyst is dedicated tobringing innovative therapies to market for the treatment of both drugaddiction as well as obsessive compulsive disorders and our inclusion in theRussell Microcap Index should help to expand the Company's visibility andinvestor base even further."
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About Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners
Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical companyfocused on the development and commercialization of prescription drugs for thetreatment of addiction and obsessive compulsive disorders. The Company hasobtained from Brookhaven National Laboratory an exclusive worldwide licensefor Brookhaven's patent portfolio in the United States relating to the rightto use vigabatrin to treat a wide variety of substance addictions andobsessive compulsive disorders. Catalyst has also been granted rights toBrookhaven's vigabatrin-related foreign patents or patents pending in morethan 30 countries. The Company's initial product candidate based on vigabatrinis CPP-109. CPP-109 has been granted "Fast Track" status by the U.S. Food &Drug Administration (FDA)