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

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

2023 Anticipated Milestones:

  • Sildenafil Cream, 3.6% for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder Phase 2b Clinical Study Topline Data
  • XACIATO™ First Commercial Sale
  • Ovaprene Pivotal Contraceptive Efficacy Study Initiation
  • DARE-PDM1 Phase 1 Clinical Study Topline Data
  • Activities to support IND Submission and Clinical Study Initiation for DARE-VVA1 (Phase 2) and DARE-HRT1 (Phase 3)

SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE), a leader in women’s health innovation, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 and provided a company update.

“Our focused efforts to deliver differentiated innovation in women’s health have resulted in 12 development programs across nine distinct indications, with at least five milestone events anticipated in 2023, three products in or nearing Phase 3 clinical development, two potentially transformational collaborations with leaders in women’s health product commercialization, Bayer and Organon, and one FDA approved product, XACIATO,” said Sabrina Martucci Johnson, President and CEO of Daré Bioscience.

“I am particularly excited about the second quarter of 2023 given our expectations for two meaningful milestones for Daré and for women. First, we plan to announce topline data from our exploratory Phase 2b clinical study of Sildenafil Cream, 3.6%, our candidate for female sexual arousal disorder, or FSAD, an indication for which there are no FDA-approved treatments. FSAD is analogous to erectile dysfunction in men, and it is our belief that this market, in terms of the number of women suffering from and distressed by their lack of physical genital arousal response, could be as large, or even larger, than the ED market for men. Second, we anticipate the commercial launch in the U.S. of XACIATOTM for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis by our commercial collaborator, Organon,” said Ms. Johnson.

Q1 2023 In Review and Q2-Q4 2023 Anticipated Developments

Period   Portfolio Asset Development/Outcome
Q1   DARE-HRT1 Announced positive topline pharmacokinetic (PK) data from Phase 1/2 clinical study
  DARE-PDM1 Commenced Phase 1 clinical study in Australia
Q2 (expected)   Sildenafil Cream, 3.6% Announcement of topline results of Phase 2b RESPOND clinical study
  XACIATOTM Commercial launch of XACIATO; first commercial sale milestone of $2.5 million
Mid-2023 (expected)   Ovaprene® Initiation of patient enrollment in pivotal study with NICHD
2023 (expected)   DARE-HRT1 IND preparation and other activities to allow initiation of Phase 3 clinical study
  DARE-PDM1 Announcement of topline results of Phase 1 clinical study
  DARE-VVA1 IND preparation and other activities to allow initiation of Phase 2 clinical study

Portfolio Summary

XACIATOTM (clindamycin phosphate) vaginal gel, 2%:

A clear, colorless, viscous gel to be administered once intravaginally as a single dose 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 license agreement with Organon to commercialize XACIATO
  • 2Q-2023: First commercial sale expected, triggering a $2.5 million milestone payment to Daré

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginitis worldwide and is estimated to affect approximately 23 million women in the U.S.1 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.1, 2

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

  • 4Q-2022: FDA approved an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application for a single arm, open-label pivotal contraceptive efficacy study over 12-months (13 menstrual cycles) and provided additional study design considerations
  • 4Q-2022: Investigator meeting held (with NICHD) for the pivotal Phase 3 clinical study
  • Mid-2023: Anticipated initiation of subject recruitment for the pivotal Phase 3 clinical study

The planned 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 (NIH).

Sildenafil Cream, 3.6%:
A proprietary, investigational cream formulation of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra®, for topical administration to treat female sexual arousal disorder.

  • 4Q-2022: Completed subject screening for exploratory Phase 2b RESPOND clinical study
  • 2Q-2023: Initiated Phase 1 thermography study
  • 2Q-2023: Expected announcement of topline data from Phase 2b RESPOND clinical study

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

  • 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 anticipated plans to progress to a single Phase 3 study announced
  • 2023: Activities 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 vulvar and vaginal atrophy in women without the use of hormones.

  • 3Q-2021: Phase 1/2 clinical study initiated in Australia
  • 4Q-2022: Positive topline safety, tolerability, PK and pharmacodynamics data reported from Phase 1/2 clinical study
  • 2023: Activities to support IND submission and Phase 2 clinical study initiation

Financial Highlights for the Quarter ended March 31, 2023

  • Cash and cash equivalents: $19.8 million at March 31, 2023.
  • General and administrative expenses: $3.3 million in 1Q-2023 as compared to $2.6 million in 1Q-2022, with the current quarter’s increase primarily attributable to increases in commercial-readiness expenses, a one-time “business email compromise fraud” loss, net of insurance policy proceeds, and general corporate overhead.
  • Research and development expenses: $5.0 million in 1Q-2023 as compared to $5.8 million in 1Q-2022, with the current quarter’s decrease primarily attributable to decreases in expenses related to clinical trial and manufacturing and regulatory affairs activities for Ovaprene and decreases in costs related to our ongoing Sildenafil Cream, 3.6% Phase 2b RESPOND clinical study, partially offset by increases in costs related to development activities for our Phase 1 and Phase 1-ready programs.

1https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stats.htm and https://www.census.gov/data/datasets/2017/demo/popproj/2017-popproj.html

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 March 31, 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 7046999. The live webcast can be accessed under “Presentations, Events & Webcasts” in the Investors section of the company’s website at http://ir.darebioscience.com. Please log in approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call to register and to download and install any necessary software. The webcast 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 May 25, 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. XACIATO is a clear, colorless, viscous gel, to be administered once intravaginally as a single dose. 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 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 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, and expectations regarding the commercial launch of XACIATO in the U.S., including the strategy, efforts and capabilities of Daré’s commercial collaborator and the timing of the first commercial sale of XACIATO. 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
Burns McClellan


Media on behalf of Daré Bioscience, Inc.:
Jake Robison
Evoke Canale

Source: Daré Bioscience, Inc.

Daré Bioscience, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2023       2022  
Operating expenses      
General and administrative $ 3,337,426     $ 2,569,987  
Research and development   5,020,223       5,805,462  
License fee expense   25,000       25,000  
Total operating expenses   8,382,649       8,400,449  
Loss from operations   (8,382,649 )     (8,400,449 )
Other income   340,148       1,779  
Net loss $ (8,042,501 )   $ (8,398,670 )
Foreign currency translation adjustments   (22,005 )     (9,150 )
Comprehensive loss $ (8,064,506 )   $ (8,407,820 )
Loss per common share – basic and diluted $ (0.09 )   $ (0.10 )
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:      
Basic and diluted   85,517,540       83,944,119  
Daré Bioscience, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Data
  March 31,
  December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 19,829,404     $ 34,669,605  
Working capital $ 5,174,001     $ 11,414,826  
Total assets $ 30,366,676     $ 43,826,383  
Total stockholders’ equity $ 4,971,600     $ 11,112,110  

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