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Filed by Midatech Pharma PLC

Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933

and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended

Commission File No.: 333-206305

Subject Company: DARA BioSciences, Inc.

Commission File No.: 000-23776

DARA BioSciences Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

Record Revenues for Q3

Company Reaffirms 2015 full year Guidance of $3.7 Million in Net Revenues

Company Provides Update on Merger Agreement with Midatech Pharma PLC

RALEIGH, NC (Marketwired) November 2, 2015 DARA BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARA), an oncology supportive care pharmaceutical company dedicated to providing health care professionals a synergistic portfolio of medicines to help cancer patients adhere to their therapy and manage side effects arising from their cancer treatment, today announced its third quarter 2015 results.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Snapshot

DARA reported net revenues of $1.181 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 based on gross product sales in excess of $1.5 million, as compared to net revenues of $597.8 thousand for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014, a year over year increase of 98%. The increase in revenues was primarily attributable to the expanded commercial sales organization and ongoing success in generating interest and prescriptions across DARAs oncology supportive care product portfolio.

DARA reported a loss attributable to controlling interest of approximately $2.7 million or ($0.14) per share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 as compared to a loss attributable to controlling interest of approximately $2.1 million, or ($0.11) per share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. Sales and marketing costs for the quarter increased $463.8 thousand over the same period last year, primarily as a result of increased personnel costs, including an increase in incentive based field sales compensation driven by higher sales achievement. An increase in general and administrative expenses of $559.2 thousand was primarily driven by increased professional services costs related to DARAs proposed merger with Midatech Pharma PLC. Research and development expenses decreased by $46.2 thousand, primarily as a result of reduced personnel costs. As of September 30, 2015, cash and cash equivalents totaled approximately $4.7 million.

Our third quarter results illustrate continued growth from our commercial portfolio as our products continue to be accepted and utilized to support oncology patients and oncology health care providers nationwide, stated Christopher G. Clement, President and CEO of DARA BioSciences. Our continued momentum in the business and prescription increases for our key products Gelclair ® and Soltamox ® on a year to date basis support our full year estimates of net revenues for these two products to reach $3.7 million for 2015, excluding any net revenue contribution from our recent national launch of Oravig.

Clement continued, We are excited regarding the continued strong performance of our commercial business and look forward to sustained success as we finalize our merger agreement with Midatech Pharma PLC. As of today the timelines for the close of the transaction with Midatech remain on track and we believe that this will take place prior to the end of 2015. Midatech has received clearance from the SEC on their Form F-4 registration statement and from Nasdaq on the listing of American Depositary Receipts representing Midatech Ordinary Shares. A DARA shareholder meeting to approve the merger has been set for December 2, 2015.

DARA believes that its currently available funds, together with projected sales of Gelclair, an FDA-approved bioadherent oral rinse gel for treating the painful symptoms of oral mucositis (OM), Soltamox, (tamoxifen citrate oral liquid solution), Oravig, the first and only orally-dissolving buccal tablet approved for oral thrush, and the Mission Pharmacal products Ferralet ® 90 (for anemia) and Aquoral ® (for cancer-related dry mouth), will enable DARA to fund its current operations and to meet its obligations into the first quarter of 2016.

Third Quarter 2015 Operational Highlights and Recent Key Events

DARA made significant progress during the third quarter of 2015 in executing its strategy as well as expanding the commercial opportunity for its flagship oncology and oncology supportive care products, as follows:

Based on our current trends and continued growth DARA continues to support our previous guidance of $3.7 million for Gelclair and Soltamox net sales for the full year 2015, excluding any net revenue contribution from the launch of Oravig later in the year.

Financial Highlights

A summary of key financial highlights for the...