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|Item 4.01||Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.|
On November 9, 2023, and effective as of that date, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Daré Bioscience, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the engagement of Haskell & White LLP (“H&W”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023.
During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years and the subsequent interim period through November 9, 2023, neither the Company, nor any person acting on its behalf, consulted H&W regarding (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, (ii) the type of the audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company’s financial statements, and H&W did not provide any written report or oral advice to the Company that H&W concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue, or (iii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K) or a reportable event of the type described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
As previously reported in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 10, 2023 (the “Prior 8-K”), 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. Accordingly, as of November 9, 2023, MHM ceased serving as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The information reported in Item 4.01 of the Prior 8-K is incorporated herein by reference. From December 31, 2022 through November 9, 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. In accordance with Item 304(a)(3) of Regulation S-K, the Company provided MHM with a copy of the disclosures it is making in this report with respect to MHM and requested from MHM a letter addressed to the SEC indicating whether it agrees with such disclosures. A copy of MHM’s letter is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this report.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|16.1||Letter from Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. dated November 9, 2023|
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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.
|DARÉ BIOSCIENCE, INC.|
|Dated: November 9, 2023||By:||/s/ Sabrina Martucci Johnson|
|Name:||Sabrina Martucci Johnson|
|Title:||President and Chief Executive Officer|
November 9, 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 November 9, 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