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Securities Exchange Act of 1934



Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 13, 2018


(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)


Delaware   001-36395   20-4139823

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3655 Nobel Drive, Suite 260  
San Diego, California   92122
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(858) 926-7655

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Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On and effective as of September 13, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Daré Bioscience, Inc. (“Daré”), upon recommendation of Daré’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, increased the size of the Board from six to seven directors and elected Greg W. Matz to fill the vacancy created by such increase. The Board appointed Mr. Matz as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Matz was elected as a Class II director and his term expires at Daré’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders. The Board determined that Mr. Matz is an “independent director” under Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Nasdaq Listing Rules and met the other Nasdaq Listing Rules criteria to serve on the Audit Committee.

Until he retired in November 2016, Mr. Matz served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer for The Cooper Companies, offices he held from November 2014, November 2013 and December 2011, respectively. He served as Vice President of The Cooper Companies from December 2011 to November 2013 and as its Vice President, Finance from July 2011 to December 2011. He joined CooperVision, Inc. in May 2010 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and served in that position until October 2011. Prior to joining CooperVision, he spent 25 years in the electronic measurement, chemical analysis and life science markets. He served in a variety of senior management roles with Agilent Technologies Inc. from 1999 to 2010, including Vice President and Controller of the Wireless Business Unit, Vice President and Director of Internal Audit and Assistant Corporate Controller. Prior to Agilent, Mr. Matz worked at Hewlett Packard from 1984 to 1999 in a variety of financial and marketing roles. Mr. Matz started his career at KPMG in San Francisco from 1981 to 1984. Mr. Matz is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Business and the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Matz and any other person pursuant to which he was selected as a member of the Board. Daré is not aware of any transaction in which Mr. Matz has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

In accordance with Daré’s non-employee director compensation policy, in connection with his election to the Board, Mr. Matz was granted a stock option to purchase 45,000 shares of Daré’s common stock, which has an exercise per share equal to the stock’s closing price on the grant date and which will vest as to one-third of the shares on each anniversary of the grant date until the third anniversary thereof. Also, in connection with his election to the Board, Daré will enter into an indemnification agreement with Mr. Matz in the same form that Daré has entered into with its other directors.


Item 7.01

Regulation FD Disclosure

Daré issued a press release announcing the election of Mr. Matz to the Board, a copy of which is attached as an exhibit to this report.

The information contained in this Item 7.01 and Exhibit 99.1 to this report shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, and shall not be incorporated by reference into any filings made by Daré under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.









   Press release issued on September 17, 2018


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: September 17, 2018    By:   

/s/ Sabrina Martucci Johnson

   Name:    Sabrina Martucci Johnson
   Title:    President and Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 99.1



Greg Matz Joins Daré Bioscience Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE), a clinical-stage, women’s biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of Greg Matz to its board of directors. Most recently, Mr. Matz served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Cooper Companies, which includes CooperSurgical, marketers of PARAGARD®, the only hormone-free, long lasting, reversible contraceptive approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration available in the United States.

“Greg brings a broad and diverse skill set that includes organizational development and strategic planning for a global medical device company,” said Sabrina Martucci Johnson, President and CEO of Daré Bioscience. “Greg is well suited to help Daré execute on its vision of becoming a coordinating presence in women’s health and we are excited to add him to our highly distinguished board of directors during this important and transformational stage in Dare’s corporate evolution.”

The Cooper Companies is a publicly traded, global medical device company that operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. The CooperSurgical business focuses on advancing the health of families through a diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on women’s health, fertility, diagnostics and contraception. The company has over 11,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. In his role as CFO, Mr. Matz provided leadership for the financial functions including planning, reporting, tax, audit, business analytics and risk management. In addition, he closely partnered with the executive team on global strategy, M&A, investor relations and business development activities.

Prior to his role as CFO with The Cooper Companies, Mr. Matz was CFO at CooperVision Inc., where he led global finance and information technology and managed a team of over 400 people. Prior to these roles, Mr. Matz served in a variety of senior-level positions for Agilent Technologies including Business Unit Controller, Vice

President of Global Audit Services and Controller for Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures. Before joining Agilent, Mr. Matz held management positions at Hewlett Packard and KPMG.

“Daré is quickly becoming an innovation accelerator and pipeline conduit for women’s health-focused commercial-stage companies,” said Mr. Matz. “I am delighted to lend my expertise to the organization and join the board of directors to help unlock value from Daré’s diverse portfolio of novel women’s health products.”

About Daré Bioscience

Daré Bioscience is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the advancement of innovative products for women’s reproductive and sexual health. The company’s mission is to identify, develop and bring to market a portfolio of novel, differentiated therapies that expand treatment options, improve outcomes and facilitate convenience for women in the areas of contraception, vaginal health, sexual health, and fertility.

Daré’s product portfolio includes two potential first-in-class candidates currently in clinical development: Ovaprene®, a non-hormonal, monthly contraceptive vaginal ring, and Topical 5% Sildenafil Citrate Cream, a potential treatment for female sexual arousal disorder utilizing the same active ingredient as Viagra®. To learn more about Daré’s full portfolio of women’s health products, and mission to deliver novel therapies for women, please visit www.darebioscience.com.

Daré may announce material information about its finances, product candidates, clinical trials and other matters using its investor relations website (http://ir.darebioscience.com), SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. Daré uses these channels to communicate with its investors and the public about the company and other issues. The information Daré posts on its investor relations website may be deemed to be material information. Daré encourages investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review the information Daré posts on its investor relations website.


Investors on behalf of Daré Bioscience, Inc.:

Ami Bavishi

Burns McClellan




Media on behalf of Daré Bioscience, Inc.:

Amanda Guisbond

Canale Communications