CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel prescription drugs targeting rare (orphan) neuromuscular and neurological diseases, today announced financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2013. Patrick J. McEnany, Catalyst's Chief Executive Officer, "Since the beginning of 2013, we have made solid progress towards completion of our 2013 corporate goals. We have completed the transfer of the Firdapse™ program from BioMarin and have started to add additional patients into the LMS-002 clinical trial for Firdapse™ to treat Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). We have also made progress towards the opening of additional clinical trial sites in the U.S. and Europe. In that regard, we intend to regularly update the market regarding the status of our development efforts for Firdapse™ as these matters progress." Financial Results Catalyst reported a GAAP net loss of $1,744,289, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $1,089,186, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2012. Excluding non-cash expense of $45,326 attributable to the change in fair value of liability-classified warrants, Non-GAAP 1 net loss was $1,698,963, or $0.04 per share for the first quarter of 2013. In comparison, Non-GAAP 1 net loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $1,363,393, or $0.06 per share, which excludes non-cash income of $274,207 attributable to the change in fair value of liability-classified warrants. Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $1,092,301, compared to $727,327 in the first quarter of 2012. Research and development expenses increased when compared to the same period in 2012 as Catalyst expanded its activities associated with the currently ongoing phase III trial evaluating Firdapse™ for the treatment of LEMS. Catalyst expects that research and development expenses will increase during 2013 as a result of the ongoing development projects for Firdapse™.