Bayer and Dar Bioscience Announce Exclusive Licensing Agreement for US Commercial Rights to Ovaprene , an Investigational Hormone-Free, Monthly…


Posted: January 13, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Jan. 13, 2020 12:00 UTC

WHIPPANY, N.J. & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bayer, a leader in womens health, and DAR Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:DARE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the advancement of innovative products for womens health, announced today that the companies have signed a license agreement under which Bayer may commercialize Dars investigational contraceptive product, Ovaprene in the United States once approved by the FDA.

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Ovaprene is an investigational hormone-free monthly vaginal contraceptive currently in clinical development for the prevention of pregnancy. If approved, it could be the first monthly non-hormonal contraceptive product.

"We believe Bayer is best positioned to maximize the market opportunity for Ovaprene, which has the potential to be a first-in-category product for women, as Bayer has with other first-in-category products, said Sabrina Martucci Johnson, President and CEO of Dar Bioscience. This agreement provides Dar the opportunity to immediately benefit from Bayers expertise in development, regulatory, and commercialization, to unlock the programs full value similar to other innovative contraceptive brands.

Under the agreement, Dar will receive an upfront payment and access to Bayers extensive clinical and market capabilities while retaining control over Ovaprenes development and regulatory approval process. Bayer receives the right to obtain exclusive rights to commercialize the product in the U.S. following completion of the pivotal clinical trial being undertaken by Dar. If Bayer, in its sole discretion, makes payment to Dar of $20 million, which Dar intends to apply to reimbursement of clinical study costs, then the exclusive license to commercialize Ovaprene in the U.S. will become effective. Dar will also be entitled to receive commercial milestone payments potentially totaling $310 million, in addition to double digit tiered royalties on net sales.

Both Dar and Bayer share an intense passion of developing products and medicines that enhance the lives of women, said Dr. Sebastian Guth, Bayers President of Pharmaceuticals, Americas Region. Low or no hormones in contraceptives is something many women prefer, and we are proud to collaborate with a partner who shares a similar commitment to bringing products to market that can make a meaningful impact for women, their families and communities.

Dar plans to file an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) for Ovaprene in the first half of 2020 and, pending the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations review and clearance of the IDE, to initiate a pivotal contraceptive effectiveness and safety clinical study of Ovaprene in the second half of 2020. If successful, Dar expects that study to support marketing approvals of Ovaprene in the U.S., Europe and other countries worldwide.

The Pharmaceuticals Business Development & Licensing team of Bayer facilitated this collaboration.

About Ovaprene

Ovaprene is an investigational hormone-free, intravaginal ring currently in clinical development for pregnancy prevention. Ovaprene releases a locally acting, non-hormonal agent which impedes sperm motility and features a proprietary knitted polymer barrier to physically block sperm from entering the cervical canal.

Ovaprene recently completed a successful postcoital test (PCT) clinical study where, in all women and across all cycles evaluated, it prevented virtually all sperm from entering the cervical canal, a surrogate marker for contraceptive effectiveness.1 The topline results from the PCT clinical study support continued clinical development of Ovaprene and its potential to be the first hormone-free, monthly contraceptive option for women.

1 https://ir.darebioscience.com/news-releases/news-release-details/dare-bioscience-announces-positive-findings-postcoital-test

About Dar Bioscience

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

Dars product portfolio includes potential first-in-category candidates in clinical development: Ovaprene, a hormone-free, monthly vaginal contraceptive; Sildenafil Cream, 3.6%, a novel cream formulation of sildenafil to treat female sexual arousal disorder utilizing the active ingredient in Viagra, DARE-BV1, a unique hydrogel formulation of clindamycin phosphate 2% to treat bacterial vaginosis via a single application; and DARE-HRT1, a combination bio-identical estradiol and progesterone intravaginal ring for hormone replacement therapy following menopause. To learn more about Dars full portfolio of womens health product candidates, and mission to deliver differentiated therapies for women, please visit http://www.darebioscience.com.

Dar 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. Dar 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 candidates, clinical trials and other matters. The information Dar posts on its investor relations website or through social media channels may be deemed to be material information. Dar encourages investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review the information Dar posts on its investor relations website (https://darebioscience.gcs-web.com/) 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 on the investor relations page of the company's website mentioned above.

About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to http://www.bayer.us or follow us on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Gynecology at Bayer

Bayer is committed to delivering Science For A Better Life by advancing a portfolio of innovative treatments. Womens health, including family planning and menopause management, has been at the center of Bayers gynecology franchise for many years. Today, Bayers research efforts focus on finding new treatment options for gynecological diseases with a high medical need, and includes several investigational compounds in various stages of pre-clinical and clinical development. Together, these projects reflect the companys approach to research, which prioritizes targets and pathways with the potential to alter the way that gynecological diseases are treated.

Dar Forward-Looking Statements

Dar 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, tend to, or the negative version of these words and similar expressions. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to potential payments and non-monetary benefits to Dar under its agreement with Bayer, the potential for Ovaprene to become the first FDA-approved hormone-free, monthly contraceptive option, the success and timing of a contraceptive effectiveness and safety clinical study of Ovaprene, and the potential for regulatory approval to market Ovaprene in the U.S., Europe and other countries based on a single successful contraceptive effectiveness and safety clinical study. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Dars 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: Dars ability to raise additional capital when and as needed to advance its product candidates and continue as a going concern; Dars ability to develop, obtain regulatory approval for, and commercialize its product candidates; the risks that the agreement with Bayer may not become effective and, if it becomes effective, that future payments to Dar under the agreement may be significantly less than the anticipated or potential amounts; the failure or delay in starting, conducting and completing clinical trials or obtaining FDA or foreign regulatory approval for Dars product candidates in a timely manner; Dars ability to conduct and design 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; the risk that positive findings in pre-pivotal clinical studies of a product candidate may not be predictive of success in pivotal clinical studies of that candidate; the risk that a product candidate may fail to demonstrate equivalent or superior efficacy and/or safety in a pivotal clinical study compared to results from a pre-pivotal study or studies; Dars ability to retain its licensed rights to develop and commercialize a product candidate; Dars 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 candidates; developments by Dars competitors that make its product candidates less competitive or obsolete; Dars dependence on third parties to conduct clinical trials and manufacture clinical trial material; Dars ability to adequately protect or enforce its, or its licensors, intellectual property rights; the lack of patent protection for the active ingredients in certain of Dars product candidates which could expose its products to competition from other formulations using the same active ingredients; the risk of failure associated with product candidates in preclinical stages of development that may lead investors to assign them little to no value and make these assets difficult to fund; and disputes or other developments concerning Dars intellectual property rights. Dars 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 Dars risks and uncertainties, you are encouraged to review its documents filed with the SEC including Dars 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. Dar 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.

Bayer Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer's public reports which are available on the Bayer website at http://www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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