Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Corporate Name Change to Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Newark, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

Newark, NJ, June 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage, oncology-focused pharmaceutical company, today announced that it is changing its corporate name to Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Inc., effective immediately. The name change signifies a new era in the company’s evolution during which the company aims to usher in a new paradigm in anticancer treatment with its breakthrough metabolic cancer drugs. The new name is derived from Raphael, the biblical angel of healing.

“Over the past few months we’ve gained a lot of momentum across several facets and this is an ideal moment to effectuate our name change,” said Howard Jonas, Executive Chairman of Rafael Pharmaceuticals. “We’ve strengthened our company’s foundation by making key hires, by adding renowned scientists and clinicians to our advisory boards, and by adding leaders in the pharmaceutical and scientific research communities to our Board of Directors. Moreover, we’ve made substantial progress towards commercializing our proprietary Altered Energy Metabolism Directed (AEMD) drug platform. Most notably, we recently completed successful End-of-Phase I Type B Meetings with the FDA, and now have approval from the FDA to initiate pivotal trials for CPI-613 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and pancreatic cancer."

About Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a privately held, clinical-stage, oncology-focused, pharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of therapies that exploit the metabolic differences between normal cells and cancer cells. Rafael’s primary objective is to develop highly selective and effective agents with minimal toxic effects on normal cells and tissues. Rafael’s first-in-class clinical lead compound, CPI-613 is being evaluated in multiple Phase I, I/II, and II clinical studies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated CPI-613 an orphan drug for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), pancreatic cancer and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). The company's investors include IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT). For more information, visit

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Jacob Jonas
Public Relations, Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Inc.