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

Of the ASX’s 136-odd small cap health stocks, 47 saw their share prices fall, 67 improved and 22 were flat.

>> Scroll down for a table showing the performance of small cap health stocks over the past fortnight

It was a good fortnight for health small caps, but an even better one for marijuana health companies for a change.

Twelve of the 30-odd cannabis stocks made respectable gains over the last fortnight, no mean feat given the sector has been in the doldrums since February 2018.

Of the non-cannabis biotechs that were among the 35 that made double-digit gains, only five had news that may have generated share price movement.

Genetic Technologies (ASX:GTG) came through on its promise to tell investors when it’ll start selling its latest cancer risk test (this quarter, in the US).

Kidney disease researcher Dimerix (ASX:DXB) said an independent Safety Review Committee had unanimously recommended a phase 2a study on Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and a phase 2 trial on diabetic kidney disease goes ahead as planned.

FSGS is a nasty and rare disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units, causing serious scarring. That leads to permanent kidney damage and kidney failure.

Dimerix’s drug, DMX-200, for FSGS has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA and EMA, a designation to encourage the development of drugs for rare diseases that qualifies Dimerix for various incentives.

These include seven years (FDA) and 10 years (EMA) of market exclusivity if regulatory approval is received, exemption from certain application fees, and an abbreviated regulatory pathway to approval.

The FSGS study completed recruitment in July 2019, with the last patient dosed in September 2019 following final protocol screening. The study remains on track to complete final patient dosing in June 2019.

The diabetic kidney disease study completed recruitment in September 2019, with the last patient dosed in January 2020. Final patient dosing is scheduled for July 2020.

Last week Immutep (ASX:IMM) made a similar announcement, that it was proceeding with recruitment of an additional 19 patients for the third part of its phase 2 TACTI-002 study for patients with second line head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

The company noted it was receiving good results from the initial stage of the third part of the study.

Adherium (ASX:ADR) has appointed Jane Lapon as head of global market access and reimbursement, a new role to commercialise existing products.

And Cynata Therapeutics (ASX: CYP), a biotech specialising in cell therapeutics, received $1.9m as an R&D tax refund for 2019-20.

Code Name Price (3pm Jan 8) % Return (2 Weeks) % Return (1 Year) Market cap
CAN CANN GROUP LTD 0.850 79 -59 $121,058,752
IBX IMAGION BIOSYSTEMS LTD 0.029 71 -31 $14,827,184
TDL TBG DIAGNOSTICS LTD 0.030 67 -32 $6,527,619
GTG GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.008 60 22 $32,505,074
IDT IDT AUSTRALIA LTD 0.170 55 17 $40,282,036
CP1 CANNPAL ANIMAL THERAPEUTICS 0.150 50 11 $13,968,750
BPH BPH ENERGY LTD 0.002 50 50 $5,012,195
ADO ANTEOTECH LTD 0.027 46 49 $40,346,300
SVA SIMAVITA LTD-CDI 0.032 39 68 $13,368,900
ALT ANALYTICA LTD 0.004 33 -20 $14,078,449
EXL ELIXINOL GLOBAL LTD 0.680 32 -76 $93,768,000
AC8 AUSCANN GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 0.295 31 -58 $93,528,968
CGS COGSTATE LTD 0.495 30 -14 $83,286,224
SKN SKIN ELEMENTS LTD 0.013 30 -32 $2,112,030
AGH ALTHEA GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 0.440 29 49 $102,656,400
RAC RACE ONCOLOGY LTD 0.230 24 177 $25,103,328
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.105 22 52 $102,133,296
SDX SIENNA CANCER DIAGNOSTICS LT 0.040 21 -33 $13,760,805
RCE RECCE PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.375 21 114 $50,268,868
SIL SMILES INCLUSIVE LTD 0.056 19 -79 $7,461,758
ESE ESENSE-LAB LTD-CDI 0.013 18 -48 $2,471,000
CPH CRESO PHARMA LTD 0.135 17 -75 $23,505,828
IMM IMMUTEP LTD 0.285 15 -16 $111,614,816
CYP CYNATA THERAPEUTICS LTD 1.185 14 -9 $122,076,512
CYC CYCLOPHARM LTD 1.275 14 27 $99,753,960
IMU IMUGENE LTD 0.033 14 65 $146,057,024
LCT LIVING CELL TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.017 13 -67 $9,714,497
MXC MGC PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.035 13 -20 $47,989,296
NC6 NANOLLOSE LTD 0.054 13 -46 $4,050,000
MVP MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS INTERNA 8.830 12 129 $579,312,192
DXB DIMERIX LTD 0.140 12 59 $25,413,740
PAR PARADIGM BIOPHARMACEUTICALS 3.100 11 221 $610,387,200
ADR ADHERIUM LTD 0.031 11 -23 $5,751,149
NEU NEUREN PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 2.600 11 65 $268,242,048
GMV G MEDICAL INNOVATION HOLDING 0.088 10 -68 $35,984,396
ZLD ZELIRA THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.058 9 -6 $50,601,708
VLS VITA LIFE SCIENCES LTD 0.710 9 -11 $39,466,952
M7T MACH7 TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.730 9 265 $133,358,200
ANR ANATARA LIFESCIENCES LTD 0.260 8 -42 $12,935,547
CDX CARDIEX LTD 0.029 7 -3 $21,843,070
JHL JAYEX HEALTHCARE LTD 0.030 7 36 $5,178,391
PYC PYC THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.061 7 126 $178,817,104
CDY CELLMID LTD 0.235 7 -13 $22,700,264
BNO BIONOMICS LTD 0.082 6 -34 $44,664,240
ACW ACTINOGEN MEDICAL LTD 0.036 6 -23 $40,292,328
S66 STAR COMBO PHARMA LTD 0.480 5 -13 $41,537,568
PAB PATRYS LTD 0.020 5 -29 $21,451,806
JHC JAPARA HEALTHCARE LTD 1.010 5 -7 $269,919,808
UCM USCOM LTD 0.115 5 -23 $16,804,200
CAJ CAPITOL HEALTH LTD 0.235 4 -7 $180,573,872
VTI VISIONEERING TECH-CDI 0.048 4 -70 $22,358,488
NXS NEXT SCIENCE LTD 1.930 4 $347,516,480
PNV POLYNOVO LTD 2.020 4 237 $1,335,397,888
ONE ONEVIEW HEALTHCARE PLC-CDI 0.130 4 -76 $22,517,492
HCT HOLISTA COLLTECH LTD 0.082 4 49 $19,191,206
OSP OSPREY MEDICAL INC-CDI 0.030 3 -74 $12,953,921
AVH AVITA MEDICAL LTD 0.645 3 486 $1,365,770,880
PBP PROBIOTEC LTD 2.008 3 34 $150,118,576
ATX AMPLIA THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.070 3 -48 $3,721,941
PCK PAINCHEK LTD 0.185 3 387 $191,571,648
PIQ PROTEOMICS INTERNATIONAL LAB 0.275 2 -36 $25,267,240
BIT BIOTRON LTD 0.055 2 -61 $38,606,300
KZA KAZIA THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.600 2 74 $43,300,004
AHX APIAM ANIMAL HEALTH LTD 0.430 1 -10 $49,830,292
NVL NATIONAL VETERINARY CARE LTD 3.650 1 97 $245,066,928
OPT OPTHEA LTD 2.920 1 387 $785,940,672
CMP COMPUMEDICS LTD 0.805 1 124 $142,616,176
VHT VOLPARA HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES 1.800 0 46 $392,975,968
ACR ACRUX LTD 0.190 0 0 $31,686,816
FTT FACTOR THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.003 0 50 $3,128,507
LBT LBT INNOVATIONS LTD 0.165 0 94 $38,864,064
RAP RESAPP HEALTH LTD 0.255 0 132 $177,545,152
BLT BENITEC BIOPHARMA LTD 0.036 0 -66 $11,566,333
MDR MEDADVISOR LTD 0.370 0 60 $90,998,192
IMC IMMURON LTD 0.135 0 -45 $23,924,484
TD1 TALI DIGITAL LTD 0.045 0 55 $33,718,736
AVE AVECHO BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD 0.004 0 -20 $6,309,830
PXS PHARMAXIS LTD 0.150 0 -44 $59,200,828
NSB NEUROSCIENTIFIC BIOPHARMACEU 0.190 0 46 $14,893,071
1AD ADALTA LTD 0.110 0 -52 $18,034,018
NTI NEUROTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD 0.016 0 -61 $2,171,902
LSH LIFESPOT HEALTH LTD 0.030 0 -50 $2,327,060
RGS REGENEUS LTD 0.083 0 -51 $23,059,474
VBS VECTUS BIOSYSTEMS LTD 0.590 0 0 $13,855,558
GLH GLOBAL HEALTH LTD 0.145 0 -14 $6,104,257
SCU STEMCELL UNITED LTD 0.013 0 -41 $8,340,909
MDC MEDLAB CLINICAL LTD 0.300 0 -29 $69,966,544
MVF MONASH IVF GROUP LTD 1.020 0 10 $240,501,600
TLX TELIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 1.600 -1 119 $405,248,000
RSH RESPIRI LTD 0.089 -1 -1 $49,506,972
PGC PARAGON CARE LTD 0.425 -1 -30 $143,601,248
BWX BWX LTD 4.480 -2 209 $556,639,488
CTE CRYOSITE LTD 0.053 -2 18 $2,483,557
RHT RESONANCE HEALTH LTD 0.240 -2 109 $102,692,144
AMT ALLEGRA ORTHOPAEDICS LTD 0.200 -2 0 $19,911,810
SOM SOMNOMED LTD 2.800 -2 53 $175,851,664
GSS GENETIC SIGNATURES LTD 0.970 -3 20 $138,055,008
OIL OPTISCAN IMAGING LTD 0.037 -3 -30 $17,677,816
SDI SDI LTD 0.845 -3 42 $100,441,376
ONT 1300 SMILES LTD 6.110 -3 -1 $144,674,928
OCC ORTHOCELL LTD 0.455 -3 203 $83,881,416
IHL IMPRESSION HEALTHCARE LTD 0.060 -3 216 $42,444,956
MMJ MMJ GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 0.145 -3 -41 $32,537,852
MEM MEMPHASYS LTD 0.050 -4 69 $37,698,696
PSQ PACIFIC SMILES GROUP LTD 1.715 -4 38 $260,668,672
HLA HEALTHIA LTD 1.095 -4 2 $69,022,944
RHY RHYTHM BIOSCIENCES LTD 0.120 -4 -11 $12,090,000
EHH EAGLE HEALTH HOLDINGS LTD 0.120 -4 -32 $40,033,992
DVL DORSAVI LTD 0.023 -4 -62 $5,016,167
ANP ANTISENSE THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.085 -4 174 $41,546,748
THC THC GLOBAL GROUP LTD 0.360 -5 -29 $50,099,340
ALC ALCIDION GROUP LTD 0.175 -5 298 $173,371,456
PAL PALLA PHARMA LTD 1.040 -5 -6 $130,985,896
AZV AZURE HEALTHCARE LTD 0.080 -6 26 $22,735,116
APH AUSTRALIAN PRIMARY HEMP LTD 0.160 -6 -11 $11,124,822
OSL ONCOSIL MEDICAL LTD 0.160 -6 -9 $100,913,408
ELX ELLEX MEDICAL LASERS LTD 0.790 -6 28 $113,444,896
BD1 BARD1 LIFE SCIENCES LTD 0.031 -6 20 $42,382,736
1ST 1ST GROUP LTD 0.075 -6 168 $31,846,268
BXN BIOXYNE LTD 0.015 -6 -50 $9,602,181
OVN OVENTUS MEDICAL LTD 0.495 -7 57 $64,612,208
NOX NOXOPHARM LTD 0.265 -7 -38 $35,033,052
RNO RHINOMED LTD 0.195 -7 3 $32,995,174
IVX INVION LTD 0.012 -8 -29 $66,007,276
SUD SUDA PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.059 -8 -62 $8,393,009
UBI UNIVERSAL BIOSENSORS INC-CDI 0.175 -8 -20 $31,053,932
OSX OSTEOPORE LTD 0.685 -8 $69,342,896
ICS ICSGLOBAL LTD 1.820 -9 108 $19,299,314
FFC FARMAFORCE LTD 0.100 -9 -13 $12,877,098
MX1 MICRO-X LTD 0.180 -10 -36 $45,003,684
IPD IMPEDIMED LTD 0.155 -14 -22 $79,212,640
PAA PHARMAUST LTD 0.090 -14 161 $27,181,894
PTX PRESCIENT THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.056 -15 -24 $22,078,596
MEB MEDIBIO LTD 0.009 -18 -57 $8,956,170
ATH ALTERITY THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.019 -27 -57 $16,579,664
CAN CANN GROUP LTD 0.91 101 -54 $136,013,072

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