SOURCE: Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.

Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.

December 05, 2011 08:00 ET

Cornerstone Therapeutics Appoints James Harper to Board

CARY, NC--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2011) - Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing proprietary products for the hospital and respiratory markets, today announced the appointment of James A. Harper to the Company's Board of Directors, effective December 1, 2011.

Mr. Harper has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He has also served on multiple corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors. He is currently Chair of Phenomix Corporation, and an advisor to Nomura Phase4 Ventures. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Harper held a number of management and senior executive positions at Eli Lilly during a thirty year career. In addition, Mr. Harper has served on the boards of directors of several life sciences companies and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Harper holds an MBA in Marketing/Finance from The Wharton School.

"I am delighted to welcome Jim to our Board," said Craig Collard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone. "He brings us a wealth of industry experience which will help us complete the acquisitions that will transform Cornerstone into a leading specialty pharma company."

About Cornerstone Therapeutics
Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTX), headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing products primarily for the hospital and respiratory markets. The Company currently promotes multiple marketed products in the United States to respiratory-focused physicians, key retail pharmacies and hospitals with its specialty sales forces. The Company also has a late-stage clinical pipeline. Key elements of the Company's strategy are to pursue acquisition or licensing transactions to acquire the rights to patent-protected, branded respiratory or related pharmaceutical products, or late-stage product candidates; to implement life cycle management strategies to maximize the potential value and competitive position of the Company's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates that are currently in development; to grow product revenue through the Company's specialty sales forces; and to maintain and strengthen the intellectual property position of the Company's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates.

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