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Washington, D.C. 20549




Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 10, 2023


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-36395   20-4139823
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


3655 Nobel Drive, Suite 260
San Diego, CA 92122
(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 926-7655


Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock   DARE   Nasdaq Capital Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On August 10, 2023, Daré Bioscience, Inc. (the “Company”), issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, a copy of which is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.


The information under this Item 2.02 and in Exhibit 99.1 is being furnished and is not being filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and is not to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in any such filing, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.


On August 4, 2023, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (“MHM”), notified the Company that MHM decided to resign as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm effective upon the earlier of (i) the filing of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, (ii) the date on which the Company engages a new independent registered public accounting firm and (iii) April 1, 2024. MHM informed the Company that its decision to resign was not as a result of any action taken or not taken by the Company. Neither the Company’s Board of Directors nor the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors were involed in MHM’s decision to resign. The Company is in the process of selecting a new independent registered public accounting firm.


MHM audited the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021. MHM’s report dated March 30, 2023, with respect to the consolidated financial statements of the Company as of December 31, 2022 and 2021 and for each of the years ended December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion and was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles, except that such report contained an explanatory paragraph regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. During the two years ended December 31, 2022, and from December 31, 2022 through August 4, 2023, there were no (i) disagreements (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K) between the Company and MHM on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to satisfaction of MHM, would have caused MHM to make reference to the subject matter of such disagreements in connection with its report, or (ii) “reportable events,” as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K, that would require disclosure under Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.


The Company furnished MHM with a copy of the disclosure in this Item 4.01 and requested that MHM furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether MHM agrees with the statements made by the Company in this Item 4.01, and if not, stating the respects in which it does not agree. MHM furnished such a letter, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this report.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No.   Description
16.1   Letter from Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. dated August 10, 2023
99.1   Press release issued on August 10, 2023
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)







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.


Dated: August 10, 2023 By: /s/ Sabrina Martucci Johnson                 
  Name: Sabrina Martucci Johnson
  Title: President and Chief Executive Officer




Exhibit 16.1


August 10, 2023


Securities and Exchange Commission

100 F Street N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20549




We have read Item 4.01 of Daré Bioscience, Inc.’s Form 8-K dated August 10, 2023, and we agree with the statements set forth in Item 4.01, insofar as they relate to our firm. We have no basis to agree or disagree with other statements of the registrant contained therein.


Very truly yours,


/s/ Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.


San Diego, California





Exhibit 99.1



Daré Bioscience Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides a Company Update


Conference Call and Webcast Today at 4:30 p.m. ET


Second Half 2023 Anticipated Milestones (target indication(s)):


  XACIATO™ First Commercial Sale
  Ovaprene® (hormone-free monthly contraception) – Pivotal Phase 3 Contraceptive Efficacy Study – Patient Enrollment to Begin 4Q2023
  Sildenafil Cream, 3.6% (female sexual arousal disorder and female sexual interest/arousal disorder) - preparations for end-of-Phase 2 meeting with FDA
  DARE-PDM1 (primary dysmenorrhea) – Phase 1 Clinical Study Topline Data
  Menopause programs: IND related activities for DARE-HRT1 (vasomotor symptoms of menopause) and DARE-VVA1 (vulvovaginal atrophy, a common condition in postmenopausal women, including those whose menopause resulted from receiving certain breast cancer treatments); Phase 3 and Phase 2 clinical study initiation plans, respectively


SAN DIEGO August 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE), a leader in women’s health innovation, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, and provided a company update.


“We are particularly proud of the milestone we reached in June – the announcement of the topline data from our exploratory Phase 2b RESPOND study evaluating topical Sildenafil Cream, 3.6% as a treatment for female sexual arousal disorder. This study was the first at-home, Phase 2 clinical study by a pharmaceutical drug development company to address a distressing condition for women that is analogous to erectile dysfunction for men utilizing a novel topical cream formulation of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra®,” said Sabrina Martucci Johnson, President and CEO of Daré Bioscience. “The group receiving Sildenafil Cream in the RESPOND study demonstrated improvements in arousal lubrication, orgasm and sexual desire, which persisted through the end of study assessment. Based on data from the study, demonstrating improvement in multiple facets of female sexual dysfunction, and because there is no FDA-approved product for the treatment of female sexual arousal disorder or female sexual interest/arousal disorder, Sildenafil Cream has the potential to be a first-in-category product with a market opportunity comparable in size to the erectile dysfunction market.”


“We also remain very enthusiastic about rest of 2023 given two highly anticipated milestones,” said Ms. Johnson. “First, we are on track to begin patient enrollment in what we believe will be the single pivotal Phase 3 study for Daré’s late-stage portfolio candidate, Ovaprene, an investigational, hormone-free, monthly intravaginal contraceptive designed to be an easy-to-use monthly option with effectiveness approaching hormonal methods and whose U.S. commercial rights are under a license agreement with Bayer. Second, we are looking forward to the U.S. commercial launch of XACIATOTM by our global collaboration partner, Organon. Finally, later this year we expect to announce the topline findings from our DARE-PDM1 Phase 1 trial, a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, 3-arm parallel group study of approximately 36 healthy, premenopausal women with primary dysmenorrhea, also referred to as menstrual cramps and pain. Prevalence rates of dysmenorrhea vary but range from 50% to 90%. Recent market research suggests that the global market for dysmenorrhea treatment was valued at $13 billion in 2022 and is expected to increase to $28.5 billion by 2029¹.”





1H-2023 In Review and 2H-2023 Anticipated Developments



Daré Portfolio Summary


  One FDA approved product, XACIATOTM
  13 development programs across 9 distinct indications
  3 products in, or nearing, Phase 3 clinical development
  Key XACIATO, Sildenafil Cream, and Ovaprene milestones anticipated during 2H-2023


XACIATOTM (clindamycin phosphate) vaginal gel, 2%


A lincosamide antibacterial indicated for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis in female patients 12 years of age and older. Please click here for full prescribing information.


  3Q-2022: $10.0 million cash payment received under commercial license agreement with Organon
  2H-2023: $1.0 million cash received, and $1.8 million milestone anticipated upon 1st commercial sale
    Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginitis worldwide and is estimated to affect approximately 23 million women in the U.S.2 The condition results from an overgrowth of bacteria, which upsets the balance of the natural vaginal microbiome and can lead to symptoms of odor and discharge. In addition to being the most common type of vaginal infection in women of reproductive age and having bothersome symptoms, bacterial vaginosis has been associated with certain increased health risks, including pre-term labor and infertility. 2, 3







A novel, investigational hormone-free monthly intravaginal contraceptive whose U.S. commercial rights are under a license agreement with Bayer HealthCare.


  4Q-2022: Investigator meeting held (with NICHD) for the pivotal Phase 3 clinical study
  4Q-2023: Anticipated initiation of subject enrollment in the pivotal Phase 3 clinical study, a single arm, open-label contraceptive efficacy study over 12-months of use (13 menstrual cycles)
    The pivotal Phase 3 clinical study will be conducted under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as represented by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health.


Sildenafil Cream, 3.6%


A proprietary, investigational cream formulation of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra®, for topical on-demand administration to treat female sexual arousal disorder and/or female sexual interest/arousal disorder.


  2Q-2023: Initiated Phase 1 thermography study with expected completion in 2023
  2Q-2023: Announced positive topline data from exploratory Phase 2b RESPOND clinical study
    Activities related to psychometric analyses to further refine the measures and resulting endpoints from the Phase 2b RESPOND study for use in a Phase 3 pivotal clinical study and preparations for data review in an end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA are underway.




A unique, investigational intravaginal ring designed to deliver bio-identical estradiol and progesterone continuously over a 28-day period for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms, as part of menopausal hormone therapy.


  4Q-2022: Positive topline efficacy data reported from Phase 1/2 clinical study
  1Q-2023: Positive topline PK data reported from Phase 1/2 clinical study, and plans to progress to a single Phase 3 study announced
  2H-2023: Activities underway to support an Investigational New Drug application (IND) submission and Phase 3 clinical study initiation




A proprietary, investigational formulation of tamoxifen for intravaginal administration to treat vulvovaginal atrophy in women without the use of hormones.


  4Q-2022: Positive topline safety, tolerability, PK and pharmacodynamics data reported from Phase 1/2 clinical study
  2H-2023: Activities underway to support IND submission and Phase 2 clinical study initiation


Financial Highlights for the Quarter ended June 30, 2023


  Cash and cash equivalents: $13.3 million at June 30, 2023.
  General and administrative expenses: $2.9 million in 2Q-2023 as compared to $2.8 million in 2Q-2022, with the current quarter’s increase primarily attributable to increases in personnel costs, professional services expense, and stock-based compensation expense, partially offset by decreases in general corporate overhead expenses.
  Research and development expenses: $6.0 million in 2Q-2023 as compared to $6.8 million in 2Q-2022, with the current quarter’s decrease primarily attributable to decreases in expenses related to our Sildenafil Cream Phase 2b RESPOND clinical study, and clinical trial and manufacturing and regulatory activities for Ovaprene, partially offset by increases in costs related to development activities for our Phase 1 and Phase 1-ready programs.


1 https://www.reanin.com/report-store/healthcare/pharmaceuticals-and-therapeutics/dysmenorrhea-treatment/global-dysmenorrhea-treatment-market, accessed 5 August 2023

2 https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stats.htm and https://www.census.gov/data/datasets/2017/demo/popproj/2017-popproj.html, accessed 5 August 2023

3 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352279, accessed 5 August 2023





Conference Call


Daré will host a conference call and live webcast today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to review financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 and to provide a company update.


To access the conference call via phone, dial (800) 715-9871 (U.S.) or (646) 307-1963 (international). The conference ID number for the call is 8451277. To listen to the event and view the presentation slides via live webcast, join from the Investors section of the Company’s website at http://ir.darebioscience.com under “Presentations, Events & Webcasts.” Callers will be able to access the presentation slides at the same location on the Company’s website. Please log in approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call to register and to download and install any necessary software. The webcast and presentation slides will be archived under “Presentations, Events & Webcasts” in the Investors section of the Company’s website at http://ir.darebioscience.com and available for replay until August 24, 2023.


About Daré Bioscience


Daré Bioscience is a biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing innovative products for women’s health. The company’s mission is to identify, develop and bring to market a diverse portfolio of differentiated therapies that prioritize women’s health and well-being, expand treatment options, and improve outcomes, primarily in the areas of contraception, vaginal health, reproductive health, menopause, sexual health and fertility.


Daré’s first FDA-approved product, XACIATO™ (clindamycin phosphate) vaginal gel, 2% is a lincosamide antibacterial indicated for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis in female patients 12 years of age and older, which is under a global license agreement with Organon. Daré’s portfolio also includes potential first-in-category candidates in clinical development: Ovaprene®, a novel, hormone-free monthly intravaginal contraceptive whose U.S. commercial rights are under a license agreement with Bayer; Sildenafil Cream, 3.6%, a novel cream formulation of sildenafil to treat female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) and/or female sexual interest/arousal disorder (FSIAD) utilizing the active ingredient in Viagra®; and DARE-HRT1, a combination bio-identical estradiol and progesterone intravaginal ring for menopausal hormone therapy. To learn more about XACIATO, Daré’s full portfolio of women’s health product candidates, and Daré’s mission to deliver differentiated therapies for women, please visit www.darebioscience.com.


Daré may announce material information about its finances, product and product candidates, clinical trials and other matters using the Investors section of its website (http://ir.darebioscience.com), SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. Daré will use these channels to distribute material information about the company, and may also use social media to communicate important information about the company, its finances, product and product candidates, clinical trials and other matters. The information Daré posts on its investor relations website or through social media channels may be deemed to be material information. Daré encourages investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review the information Daré posts in the Investors section of its website and to follow these Twitter accounts: @SabrinaDareCEO and @DareBioscience. Any updates to the list of social media channels the company may use to communicate information will be posted in the Investors section of Daré’s website.





Forward-Looking Statements


Daré cautions you that all statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, in some cases, can be identified by terms such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “design,” “intend,” “expect,” “could,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “seek,” “should,” “would,” “contemplate,” “project,” “target,” “objective,” or the negative version of these words and similar expressions. In this press release, forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to expectations regarding the commercial launch of XACIATO in the U.S., including the timing of the first commercial sale of XACIATO, plans and expectations with respect to Daré’s product candidates, including anticipated timing for commencement and conduct of clinical trials and announcement of topline results, the potential for FDA approval of a product candidate based on a single pivotal clinical study, the expectation that a product candidate could be a first-in-category product, and the potential market size and opportunity for a product candidate, if approved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Daré’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release, including, without limitation, risk and uncertainties related to: Daré’s ability to raise additional capital when and as needed to advance its product candidates, execute its business strategy and continue as a going concern; Daré’s ability to develop, obtain FDA or foreign regulatory approval for, and commercialize its product candidates and to do so on communicated timelines; failure or delay in starting, conducting and completing clinical trials of a product candidate; Daré’s ability to design and conduct successful clinical trials, to enroll a sufficient number of patients, to meet established clinical endpoints, to avoid undesirable side effects and other safety concerns, and to demonstrate sufficient safety and efficacy of its product candidates; Daré’s dependence on third parties to conduct clinical trials and manufacture and supply clinical trial material and commercial product; the risk that positive findings in early clinical and/or nonclinical studies of a product candidate may not be predictive of success in subsequent clinical and/or nonclinical studies of that candidate; the risk that development of a product candidate requires more clinical or nonclinical studies than Daré anticipates; the loss of, or inability to attract, key personnel; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, macroeconomic conditions and geopolitical events on Daré’s operations, financial results and condition, and ability to achieve current plans and objectives, including the potential impact of the pandemic on Daré’s ability to timely enroll, conduct and report results of its clinical trials and on the ability of third parties on which Daré relies to assist in the conduct of its business to fulfill their contractual obligations to Daré; the risk that developments by competitors make Daré’s product or product candidates less competitive or obsolete; difficulties establishing and sustaining relationships with development and/or commercial collaborators; failure of Daré’s product or product candidates, if approved, to gain market acceptance or obtain adequate coverage or reimbursement from third-party payers; Daré’s ability to retain its licensed rights to develop and commercialize a product or product candidate; Daré’s ability to satisfy the monetary obligations and other requirements in connection with its exclusive, in-license agreements covering the critical patents and related intellectual property related to its product and product candidates; Daré’s ability to adequately protect or enforce its, or its licensor’s, intellectual property rights; the lack of patent protection for the active ingredients in certain of Daré’s product candidates which could expose its products to competition from other formulations using the same active ingredients; product liability claims; governmental investigations or actions relating to Daré’s product or product candidates or the business activities of Daré, its commercial collaborators or other third parties on which Daré relies; the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and health care legislation in the United States and internationally; global trends toward health care cost containment; cyber attacks, security breaches or similar events that compromise Daré’s technology systems or those of third parties on which it relies and/or significantly disrupt Daré’s business; and disputes or other developments concerning Daré’s intellectual property rights. Daré’s forward-looking statements are based upon its current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. For a detailed description of Daré’s risks and uncertainties, you are encouraged to review its documents filed with the SEC including Daré’s recent filings on Form 8-K, Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. Daré undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.




Investors on behalf of Daré Bioscience, Inc.:

Lee Roth / Julia Weilman

Burns McClellan

lroth@burnsmc.com / jweilman@burnsmc.com

646.930.4406 / 646.732.4443




Media on behalf of Daré Bioscience, Inc.:

Jake Robison

Evoke Canale




Source: Daré Bioscience, Inc.





Daré Bioscience, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)



   Three months ended June 30, 
   2023   2022 
License fee revenue  $-   $10,000,000 
Total revenue   -    10,000,000 
Operating expenses          
General and administrative   2,920,672    2,792,894 
Research and development   6,043,684    6,797,784 
License fee expense   25,000    25,000 
Total operating expenses   8,989,356    9,615,678 
Income (loss) from operations   (8,989,356)   384,322 
Other income   227,124    29,676 
Net income (loss)  $(8,762,232)  $413,998 
Foreign currency translation adjustments  $(31,151)  $(135,869)
Comprehensive income (loss)  $(8,793,383)  $278,129 
Income (loss) per common share:          
Basic  $(0.10)  $0.00 
Diluted  $(0.10)  $0.00 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:          
Basic   86,403,117    84,682,765 
Diluted   86,403,117    85,369,424 


Daré Bioscience, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Data


   June 30,
   December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents  $13,329,101   $34,669,605 
Working capital  $(2,457,536)  $11,414,826 
Total assets  $23,209,954   $43,826,383 
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)  $(2,719,402)  $11,112,110