In a July 31 research note, ROTH Capital Partners analyst Yasmeen Rahimi reported that Daré Bioscience Inc. (DARE:NASDAQ) presented two posters on the use of FT-Raman spectroscopy in evaluating drug stability in its intravaginal rings (IVR), on July 22 and 23 at the 2019 Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting & Exposition in Spain.
The data that Daré shared strongly validated this approach and its ability to measure a drug's release and concentration in intravaginal ring (IVR) therapies. This is significant because both measures are key to pharmacodynamics and efficacy of Daré's IVR therapies, currently DARE-FRT1 for pregnancy maintenance and DARE-HRT1 for menopause symptoms.
There also is a need for measuring the stability of a drug or drugs in Daré's IVR therapies because of a process used in developing them: hot melt extrusion (HME), which can alter a drug's properties.
HME is used to allow delivery, through the IVR, of multiple drugs with varying molecular weights and drugs with lower solubility or bioavailability. This controlled delivery is one feature that sets apart Daré's IVR platform from the competition.
"We view this as an important milestone assuring quality control on the road to commercialization for the two novel intravenous ring therapies," Rahimi commented.
The first poster, "Use of FT-Raman Spectroscopy to Assess 17-Beta-Estradiol/Progesterone Ethylene Vinyl Acetate-Based Intravaginal Rings," showed that spectroscopy effectively and reliably assayed levels of the two hormones in IVRs during manufacturing and after one and three months of storage.
The second poster, "Determination of Drug Crystallinity in Hot Melt Extruded Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer," demonstrated that in an EVA IVR ring with 28% vinyl acetate, the contained compounds can be identified and their state determined.
"Based on these examples of strong, solid science, we are confident Daré has developed quality control steps to optimize IVR manufacturing," noted Rahimi.
ROTH has a Buy rating and a $6 per share target price on Daré, whose current share price is around $0.76.[NLINSERT]
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