Here’s our fortnightly wrap of all the news driving ASX health stocks.

The health sector made a bit of progress over the last fortnight, with 64 small-cap life sciences gaining ground and just 52 losing it. Another 15 companies were flat.

Code Name Price (I) 2 Week % Return 1 Year % Return Market Cap
RHY RHYTHM BIOSCIENCES 0.22 95 30 $ 41,306,640.00
OIL OPTISCAN IMAGING 0.12 85 200 $ 57,333,456.00
RNO RHINOMED 0.125 81 -37 $ 36,802,324.00
AGH ALTHEA GROUP HOLDINGS 0.59 58 -22 $ 139,986,000.00
JHL JAYEX HEALTHCARE 0.045 50 50 $ 9,061,336.00
VTI VISIONEERING TECH-CDI 0.032 45 -51 $ 31,018,124.00
PAB PATRYS 0.016 42 -26 $ 24,312,060.00
BPH BPH ENERGY 0.043 39 165 $ 25,226,938.00
APH AUSTRALIAN PRIMARY HEMP 0.185 35 -20 $ 12,207,149.00
FFC FARMAFORCE 0.07 35 -50 $ 9,013,969.00
RSH RESPIRI 0.225 34 139 $ 140,360,560.00
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACEUTICALS 0.061 34 -75 $ 61,279,976.00
AHX APIAM ANIMAL HEALTH 0.63 25 22 $ 74,039,184.00
MDC MEDLAB CLINICAL 0.175 23 -63 $ 51,740,000.00
SOM SOMNOMED 2.12 23 8 $ 161,794,464.00
THC THC GLOBAL GROUP 0.25 22 -38 $ 48,393,888.00
OSL ONCOSIL MEDICAL 0.14 22 93 $ 116,004,128.00
ANR ANATARA LIFESCIENCES 0.23 21 5 $ 11,483,564.00
ATX AMPLIA THERAPEUTICS 0.16 19 109 $ 18,676,216.00
PYC PYC THERAPEUTICS 0.145 17 187 $ 395,763,040.00
LBT LBT INNOVATIONS 0.14 17 8 $ 40,364,780.00
NC6 NANOLLOSE 0.078 16 8 $ 8,248,499.50
CYC CYCLOPHARM 1.8 15 25 $ 127,235,008.00
SVA SIMAVITA -CDI 0.023 15 156 $ 26,538,916.00
TLX TELIX PHARMACEUTICALS 1.88 14 37 $ 482,494,432.00
LSH LIFESPOT HEALTH 0.04 14 -33 $ 3,906,939.75
AC8 AUSCANN GROUP HOLDINGS 0.17 14 -55 $ 52,312,812.00
IMM IMMUTEP 0.215 13 -2 $ 104,840,648.00
CTE CRYOSITE 0.19 12 342 $ 8,903,317.00
ANP ANTISENSE THERAPEUTICS 0.1 12 104 $ 46,942,864.00
ADO ANTEOTECH 0.061 11 371 $ 100,523,400.00
VLS VITA LIFE SCIENCES 0.97 10 58 $ 52,460,132.00
CAN CANN GROUP 0.43 10 -75 $ 114,289,768.00
RCE RECCE PHARMACEUTICALS 1.6875 9 600 $ 245,374,368.00
IDT IDT AUSTRALIA 0.185 9 28 $ 44,272,912.00
OPT OPTHEA 2.94 8 -16 $ 759,024,896.00
ALC ALCIDION GROUP 0.145 8 -32 $ 138,697,168.00
MMJ MMJ GROUP HOLDINGS 0.098 8 -59 $ 22,535,490.00
4DX 4DMEDICAL 1.58 7 $ 407,734,112.00
UBI UNIVERSAL BIOSENSORS INC-CDI 0.34 6 79 $ 60,374,432.00
IPD IMPEDIMED 0.07 6 -55 $ 73,479,976.00
CPH CRESO PHARMA 0.037 6 -91 $ 13,656,396.00
CGS COGSTATE 0.72 6 161 $ 123,193,208.00
RGS REGENEUS 0.19 6 138 $ 57,054,032.00
1AD ADALTA 0.105 5 -18 $ 25,743,464.00
OCC ORTHOCELL 0.42 5 9 $ 79,458,392.00
EYE NOVA EYE MEDICAL 0.325 5 20 $ 46,670,368.00
PTX PRESCIENT THERAPEUTICS 0.071 4 29 $ 46,119,816.00
CDX CARDIEX 0.057 4 100 $ 46,911,280.00
PCK PAINCHEK 0.092 3 -69 $ 103,666,040.00
PNV POLYNOVO 2.29 3 9 $ 1,487,448,064.00
NOX NOXOPHARM 0.345 3 -7 $ 69,303,192.00
ONT 1300 SMILES 6.3 3 12 $ 149,173,824.00
CYP CYNATA THERAPEUTICS 0.925 3 -35 $ 107,754,080.00
ACR ACRUX 0.185 3 0 $ 31,218,270.00
BIT BIOTRON 0.098 2 44 $ 68,789,408.00
CAJ CAPITOL HEALTH 0.255 2 20 $ 261,145,440.00
HLA HEALTHIA 1 2 13 $ 63,034,652.00
HCT HOLISTA COLLTECH 0.06 2 -12 $ 16,520,945.00
ZLD ZELIRA THERAPEUTICS 0.06 2 -15 $ 68,537,160.00
AZV AZURE HEALTHCARE 0.081 1 4 $ 23,019,306.00
PBP PROBIOTEC 1.825 1 14 $ 136,471,440.00
ARX AROA BIOSURGERY 1.3 1 $ 390,097,440.00
SDI SDI 0.71 1 -4 $ 84,394,528.00
AMT ALLEGRA ORTHOPAEDICS 0.19 0 73 $ 19,834,582.00
IHL INCANNEX HEALTHCARE 0.06 0 -26 $ 47,388,620.00
ACW ACTINOGEN MEDICAL 0.031 0 250 $ 31,254,476.00
RAP RESAPP HEALTH 0.115 0 -38 $ 90,614,336.00
SCU STEMCELL UNITED 0.012 0 -25 $ 7,699,300.50
UCM USCOM 0.17 0 48 $ 25,587,256.00
ALT ANALYTICA 0.002 0 -33 $ 7,039,224.50
TD1 TALI DIGITAL 0.026 0 136 $ 19,481,936.00
BD1 BARD1 LIFE SCIENCES 0.028 0 -28 $ 67,046,852.00
IVX INVION 0.011 0 -27 $ 60,539,588.00
RAC RACE ONCOLOGY 0.8 0 591 $ 101,399,368.00
MX1 MICRO-X 0.185 0 -34 $ 66,076,052.00
BNO BIONOMICS 0.155 0 275 $ 93,991,512.00
CP1 CANNPAL ANIMAL THERAPEUTICS 0.12 0 -23 $ 11,175,000.00
NSB NEUROSCIENTIFIC BIOPHARMACEU 0.24 0 0 $ 18,815,756.00
NXS NEXT SCIENCE 1.32 -1 -54 $ 239,641,616.00
PAL PALLA PHARMA 0.77 -1 -19 $ 96,979,944.00
CMP COMPUMEDICS 0.38 -1 -40 $ 67,321,920.00
MVP MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS INTERNA 5.76 -1 22 $ 374,053,888.00
ICR INTELICARE HOLDINGS 0.335 -1 $ 24,421,402.00
IMC IMMURON 0.295 -2 177 $ 68,350,504.00
OVN OVENTUS MEDICAL 0.255 -2 -54 $ 40,356,916.00
NYR NYRADA INC-CDI 0.205 -2 $ 22,423,664.00
EXL ELIXINOL GLOBAL 0.16 -3 -92 $ 30,853,930.00
RHT RESONANCE HEALTH 0.135 -4 8 $ 59,909,480.00
BWX BWX 4.76 -4 40 $ 661,438,528.00
PSQ PACIFIC SMILES GROUP 1.78 -4 18 $ 273,257,664.00
MXC MGC PHARMACEUTICALS 0.024 -4 -40 $ 39,379,004.00
ONE ONEVIEW HEALTHCARE PLC-CDI 0.045 -4 -83 $ 7,796,316.50
ICS ICSGLOBAL 1.85 -4 71 $ 19,617,436.00
NEU NEUREN PHARMACEUTICALS 1.195 -5 -40 $ 140,541,696.00
M7T MACH7 TECHNOLOGIES 1 -5 54 $ 234,376,704.00
ZNO ZOONO GROUP 1.965 -6 2671 $ 321,498,976.00
LCT LIVING CELL TECHNOLOGIES 0.016 -6 -11 $ 9,143,056.00
SUD SUDA PHARMACEUTICALS 0.044 -6 -48 $ 13,457,266.00
VHT VOLPARA HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES 1.31 -7 -17 $ 326,064,800.00
S66 STAR COMBO PHARMA 0.34 -7 -27 $ 45,431,560.00
PAR PARADIGM BIOPHARMACEUTICALS 2.53 -7 20 $ 578,753,536.00
GLH GLOBAL HEALTH 0.225 -8 92 $ 9,472,122.00
PGC PARAGON CARE 0.165 -8 -58 $ 55,751,072.00
MEB MEDIBIO 0.0115 -8 -19 $ 14,824,288.00
DVL DORSAVI 0.021 -9 -65 $ 4,859,978.00
MEM MEMPHASYS 0.105 -9 123 $ 79,219,760.00
1ST 1ST GROUP 0.031 -9 -53 $ 13,163,124.00
GSS GENETIC SIGNATURES 1.99 -9 96 $ 288,185,312.00
IMU IMUGENE 0.049 -9 104 $ 220,025,152.00
MDR MEDADVISOR 0.42 -10 28 $ 103,621,568.00
CDY CELLMID 0.099 -10 -59 $ 12,399,440.00
KZA KAZIA THERAPEUTICS 0.99 -10 128 $ 93,677,136.00
IBX IMAGION BIOSYSTEMS 0.085 -10 127 $ 78,875,864.00
MVF MONASH IVF GROUP 0.565 -10 -40 $ 220,143,680.00
OSP OSPREY MEDICAL INC-CDI 0.024 -11 -43 $ 37,469,720.00
AVE AVECHO BIOTECHNOLOGY 0.008 -11 33 $ 12,779,659.00
AT1 ATOMO DIAGNOSTICS 0.36 -11 $ 202,445,216.00
OSX OSTEOPORE 0.575 -11 $ 60,979,484.00
ADR ADHERIUM 0.03 -12 15 $ 19,944,358.00
ATH ALTERITY THERAPEUTICS 0.047 -13 64 $ 49,910,184.00
JHC JAPARA HEALTHCARE 0.395 -13 -65 $ 102,890,224.00
PIQ PROTEOMICS INTERNATIONAL LAB 0.48 -14 32 $ 44,354,820.00
BXN BIOXYNE 0.012 -14 -43 $ 7,681,745.00
GTG GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES 0.009 -15 66 $ 70,224,680.00
GMV G MEDICAL INNOVATION HOLDING 0.032 -17 -58 $ 28,520,274.00
PXS PHARMAXIS 0.078 -18 -57 $ 31,268,674.00
NTI NEUROTECH INTERNATIONAL 0.012 -20 -14 $ 4,662,777.00
VBS VECTUS BIOSYSTEMS 0.89 -21 62 $ 21,052,786.00
PAA PHARMAUST 0.13 -34 -11 $ 39,480,756.00
DXB DIMERIX 0.265 -62 190 $ 53,392,312.00

The biggest gainer was Rhythm Bioscience (ASX:RHY), whose shares closed Wednesday at 18.5c, up from around 8c in early August, after the company last week recruited its first patient into a clinical trial of its low-cost blood test for the early detection of colorectal cancer.

As previously reported, Rhythm says Colostat test will make life easier for doctors, because they won’t need to send patients for unnecessary colonoscopies. It would replace the complicated stool tests.

Rhinomed (ASX:RNO) soared 81 per cent after the airway technology company said it had created a less invasive nasal swab that could be self-administered to test for flu and “coronavirus strains”.

Althea Group (ASX:AGH)  was the top-performing pot stock, up 58 per cent, climbing after its Canadian subsidiary obtained its Standard Processing Licence.

Optiscan Imaging (ASX:OIL) was the second biggest gainer for the period, but in a response to an ASX query, had no real explanation for the recent rise in its securities.

On the flip side, Dimerix (ASX:DXB) shares lost 62 per cent of their value after the clinical trial of its CCR2 blocker DMX-200 failed to meet clinical endpoints in a test of how well it helped 40 patients with diabetic kidney disease. The biotech says the drug candidate did assist the 26 worst effected patients, however, and plans to further analyse the study results.

PharmAust (ASX:PAA) declined by about a third after its US partner declined an option agreement to further develop its drug candidate for animal cancer.