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

The health sector moved backwards over the last fortnight, with 89 life sciences losing ground and just 59 gaining it. Another 13 companies were flat.

Code Name Price (I) 2 Week % Return 1 Year % Return Market Cap
SPL STARPHARMA HOLDINGS LTD 1.685 56 48 $ 633,356,544.00
BNO BIONOMICS LTD 0.150 43 329 $ 93,991,512.00
VTI VISIONEERING TECH-CDI 0.022 37 -58 $ 21,324,960.00
KZA KAZIA THERAPEUTICS LTD 1.100 34 201 $ 104,085,704.00
HMD HERAMED LTD 0.185 33 6 $ 26,508,820.00
RGS REGENEUS LTD 0.190 29 154 $ 50,008,496.00
EX1 EXOPHARM LTD 0.330 29 -21 $ 30,073,680.00
PSQ PACIFIC SMILES GROUP LTD 1.850 28 29 $ 284,003,776.00
OIL OPTISCAN IMAGING LTD 0.063 27 51 $ 31,055,622.00
NC6 NANOLLOSE LTD 0.065 26 -17 $ 7,085,249.50
VBS VECTUS BIOSYSTEMS LTD 1.000 25 82 $ 23,654,816.00
VLS VITA LIFE SCIENCES LTD 0.880 25 44 $ 47,592,700.00
IME IMEXHS LTD 0.039 24 -16 $ 48,885,280.00
EMV EMVISION MEDICAL DEVICES LTD 2.150 24 470 $ 148,149,136.00
IBX IMAGION BIOSYSTEMS LTD 0.099 21 160 $ 87,455,632.00
DXB DIMERIX LTD 0.715 19 653 $ 141,390,752.00
RCE RECCE PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 1.480 19 631 $ 224,196,224.00
CAJ CAPITOL HEALTH LTD 0.250 16 18 $ 256,024,944.00
MX1 MICRO-X LTD 0.190 16 -48 $ 66,076,052.00
IDX INTEGRAL DIAGNOSTICS LTD 4.330 15 41 $ 849,591,680.00
TLX TELIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 1.690 14 24 $ 421,547,776.00
BPH BPH ENERGY LTD 0.033 14 280 $ 17,566,198.00
AJJ ASIAN AMERICAN MEDICAL GROUP 0.034 13 -51 $ 11,823,594.00
ADR ADHERIUM LTD 0.035 13 26 $ 22,603,606.00
CYP CYNATA THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.850 13 -45 $ 104,825,984.00
EMD EMERALD CLINICS 0.090 13 $ 16,551,250.00
ACR ACRUX LTD 0.180 13 0 $ 30,359,782.00
AVE AVECHO BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD 0.009 12 50 $ 14,377,117.00
ACW ACTINOGEN MEDICAL LTD 0.028 12 250 $ 31,254,476.00
MVF MONASH IVF GROUP LTD 0.630 12 -30 $ 245,469,952.00
VRT VIRTUS HEALTH LTD 3.470 11 -6 $ 281,364,768.00
PTX PRESCIENT THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.068 11 47 $ 44,198,156.00
SOM SOMNOMED LTD 1.635 11 -10 $ 131,587,312.00
AZV AZURE HEALTHCARE LTD 0.080 11 4 $ 22,735,116.00
IVX INVION LTD 0.011 10 -31 $ 60,539,588.00
ZLD ZELIRA THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.059 9 -12 $ 67,394,872.00
PKS PKS HOLDINGS LTD 0.250 9 47 $ 46,592,556.00
AT1 ATOMO DIAGNOSTICS LTD 0.385 8 $ 227,236,512.00
M7T MACH7 TECHNOLOGIES LTD 1.080 8 55 $ 247,267,424.00
ANP ANTISENSE THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.086 8 72 $ 42,052,984.00
OPT OPTHEA LTD 2.650 7 -35 $ 702,501,760.00
HLS HEALIUS LTD 3.400 6 6 $ 2,105,767,424.00
ADO ANTEOTECH LTD 0.050 6 324 $ 90,402,408.00
PME PRO MEDICUS LTD 26.830 6 -26 $ 2,735,553,792.00
QTM QUANTUM HEALTH GROUP LTD 0.040 5 147 $ 47,388,948.00
VHT VOLPARA HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES 1.420 4 -9 $ 349,870,304.00
SDI SDI LTD 0.710 4 -7 $ 84,394,528.00
EHE ESTIA HEALTH LTD 1.520 4 -39 $ 405,007,200.00
MEB MEDIBIO LTD 0.011 4 -5 $ 16,171,951.00
CP1 CANNPAL ANIMAL THERAPEUTICS 0.120 4 -25 $ 11,175,000.00
RSH RESPIRI LTD 0.160 3 86 $ 104,454,368.00
PGC PARAGON CARE LTD 0.175 3 -55 $ 60,819,352.00
AGH ALTHEA GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 0.375 3 -53 $ 88,657,800.00
HLA HEALTHIA LTD 1.000 3 9 $ 63,034,652.00
ICS ICSGLOBAL LTD 1.930 2 89 $ 20,465,756.00
CAU CRONOS AUSTRALIA LTD 0.095 1 $ 11,201,250.00
AHX APIAM ANIMAL HEALTH LTD 0.525 1 20 $ 59,464,540.00
MSB MESOBLAST LTD 5.220 1 268 $ 3,064,806,656.00
CTE CRYOSITE LTD 0.170 0 198 $ 7,966,125.50
CDY CELLMID LTD 0.110 0 -49 $ 13,777,155.00
CGB CANN GLOBAL LTD 0.005 0 -88 $ 20,066,050.00
OSL ONCOSIL MEDICAL LTD 0.120 0 70 $ 95,289,104.00
LCT LIVING CELL TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.017 0 -29 $ 9,714,497.00
EYE NOVA EYE MEDICAL LTD 0.310 0 15 $ 44,516,352.00
AVR ANTERIS TECHNOLOGIES LTD 4.000 0 -33 $ 23,641,216.00
GTG GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.009 0 79 $ 82,617,264.00
ECS ECS BOTANICS HOLDINGS LTD 0.026 0 -47 $ 15,203,375.00
ANR ANATARA LIFESCIENCES LTD 0.190 0 -14 $ 9,472,674.00
NSB NEUROSCIENTIFIC BIOPHARMACEU 0.255 0 4 $ 18,812,396.00
1ST 1ST GROUP LTD 0.034 0 -44 $ 14,436,975.00
PAR PARADIGM BIOPHARMACEUTICALS 2.730 0 71 $ 624,145,984.00
JHL JAYEX HEALTHCARE LTD 0.030 0 -17 $ 5,290,890.50
UBI UNIVERSAL BIOSENSORS INC-CDI 0.325 -2 52 $ 56,822,992.00
CDX CARDIEX LTD 0.054 -2 116 $ 45,235,876.00
IMU IMUGENE LTD 0.054 -2 157 $ 242,366,256.00
OVN OVENTUS MEDICAL LTD 0.260 -2 -53 $ 41,148,228.00
SUD SUDA PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.049 -2 -26 $ 14,374,807.00
PNV POLYNOVO LTD 2.210 -2 3 $ 1,441,171,968.00
NYR NYRADA INC-CDI 0.200 -2 $ 22,970,582.00
IMR IMRICOR MEDICAL SYSTEMS-CDI 1.660 -2 14 $ 186,825,280.00
GMV G MEDICAL INNOVATION HOLDING 0.042 -2 -53 $ 34,392,096.00
API AUSTRALIAN PHARMA INDUS LTD 1.075 -3 -15 $ 532,068,512.00
LSH LIFESPOT HEALTH LTD 0.035 -3 -44 $ 3,418,572.25
MYX MAYNE PHARMA GROUP LTD 0.338 -3 -24 $ 570,883,136.00
MDR MEDADVISOR LTD 0.465 -3 38 $ 114,723,880.00
IHL INCANNEX HEALTHCARE LTD 0.060 -3 -18 $ 46,253,000.00
AC8 AUSCANN GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 0.145 -3 -61 $ 45,971,868.00
RHT RESONANCE HEALTH LTD 0.145 -3 27 $ 62,128,352.00
NEU NEUREN PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 1.270 -3 -41 $ 147,598,176.00
GSS GENETIC SIGNATURES LTD 2.230 -3 113 $ 316,596,416.00
TD1 TALI DIGITAL LTD 0.026 -4 117 $ 19,481,936.00
TTB TOTAL BRAIN LTD 0.375 -4 4 $ 40,613,920.00
MXC MGC PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.025 -4 -36 $ 40,785,424.00
ANN ANSELL LTD 38.060 -4 41 $ 4,875,042,304.00
CSL CSL LTD 284.480 -4 19 $ 127,992,840,192.00
BIT BIOTRON LTD 0.094 -4 26 $ 67,385,544.00
OSX OSTEOPORE LTD 0.585 -4 $ 68,601,920.00
PYC PYC THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.120 -4 167 $ 337,131,456.00
DVL DORSAVI LTD 0.022 -4 -62 $ 5,322,833.00
MMJ MMJ GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 0.092 -4 -62 $ 20,925,812.00
ONT 1300 SMILES LTD 6.250 -4 8 $ 147,989,904.00
SIG SIGMA HEALTHCARE LTD 0.660 -4 5 $ 699,175,232.00
RHC RAMSAY HEALTH CARE LTD 65.260 -5 0 $ 14,765,158,400.00
NOX NOXOPHARM LTD 0.325 -5 -2 $ 67,170,784.00
OCC ORTHOCELL LTD 0.420 -5 2 $ 75,762,656.00
RNO RHINOMED LTD 0.080 -5 -66 $ 20,304,730.00
IMM IMMUTEP LTD 0.190 -5 -10 $ 92,649,880.00
ESE ESENSE-LAB LTD-CDI 0.018 -5 -31 $ 9,180,684.00
FFC FARMAFORCE LTD 0.052 -5 -65 $ 6,696,091.00
IDT IDT AUSTRALIA LTD 0.170 -6 21 $ 40,683,216.00
EOF ECOFIBRE LTD 2.580 -6 -15 $ 878,967,936.00
IXC INVEX THERAPEUTICS LTD 1.005 -6 64 $ 74,402,312.00
CGS COGSTATE LTD 0.685 -6 237 $ 116,549,440.00
NTI NEUROTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD 0.015 -6 15 $ 3,711,984.50
JHC JAPARA HEALTHCARE LTD 0.435 -6 -57 $ 118,925,064.00
NAN NANOSONICS LTD 6.080 -6 -12 $ 1,809,879,680.00
CYC CYCLOPHARM LTD 1.380 -7 3 $ 110,778,744.00
ALC ALCIDION GROUP LTD 0.135 -7 -21 $ 128,790,224.00
ARX AROA BIOSURGERY LTD 1.305 -7 $ 387,096,672.00
SHL SONIC HEALTHCARE LTD 32.120 -7 11 $ 15,120,219,136.00
MVP MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS INTERNA 5.890 -8 23 $ 379,303,776.00
SCU STEMCELL UNITED LTD 0.012 -8 -14 $ 7,699,300.50
PAB PATRYS LTD 0.012 -8 -48 $ 17,161,454.00
RHY RHYTHM BIOSCIENCES LTD 0.105 -9 -29 $ 14,885,812.00
MDC MEDLAB CLINICAL LTD 0.150 -9 -67 $ 41,951,352.00
ONE ONEVIEW HEALTHCARE PLC-CDI 0.047 -10 -78 $ 8,140,939.50
REG REGIS HEALTHCARE LTD 1.215 -10 -54 $ 363,905,600.00
NXS NEXT SCIENCE LTD 1.320 -10 -51 $ 242,364,816.00
ICR INTELICARE HOLDINGS LTD 0.330 -11 $ 24,785,900.00
CUV CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 20.430 -11 -25 $ 1,003,029,888.00
RAC RACE ONCOLOGY LTD 0.800 -11 591 $ 101,001,872.00
THC THC GLOBAL GROUP LTD 0.205 -12 -49 $ 39,595,000.00
LGP LITTLE GREEN PHARMA LTD 0.285 -12 $ 38,964,304.00
VIP VIP GLOVES LTD 0.105 -13 169 $ 78,293,928.00
BD1 BARD1 LIFE SCIENCES LTD 0.029 -13 -3 $ 67,046,852.00
PBP PROBIOTEC LTD 1.865 -13 21 $ 135,349,760.00
PXS PHARMAXIS LTD 0.096 -13 -48 $ 37,997,376.00
COH COCHLEAR LTD 190.310 -13 -10 $ 12,490,598,400.00
PAL PALLA PHARMA LTD 0.770 -13 -21 $ 98,239,424.00
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.048 -13 -79 $ 45,716,808.00
1AD ADALTA LTD 0.105 -13 -22 $ 20,394,562.00
ATX AMPLIA THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.130 -13 58 $ 15,020,731.00
4DX 4DMEDICAL LTD 1.500 -14 $ 381,257,856.00
RAP RESAPP HEALTH LTD 0.120 -14 -45 $ 90,614,336.00
ATH ALTERITY THERAPEUTICS LTD 0.050 -15 96 $ 57,505,212.00
PIQ PROTEOMICS INTERNATIONAL LAB 0.530 -15 109 $ 51,285,260.00
IPD IMPEDIMED LTD 0.068 -16 -49 $ 69,340,264.00
SVA SIMAVITA LTD-CDI 0.020 -17 150 $ 23,077,318.00
UCM USCOM LTD 0.175 -17 55 $ 25,587,256.00
LBT LBT INNOVATIONS LTD 0.130 -17 14 $ 34,598,380.00
PAA PHARMAUST LTD 0.185 -17 41 $ 60,010,752.00
OSP OSPREY MEDICAL INC-CDI 0.028 -18 -42 $ 41,966,088.00
MEM MEMPHASYS LTD 0.115 -18 130 $ 86,764,496.00
CMP COMPUMEDICS LTD 0.400 -18 -43 $ 68,207,736.00
GLH GLOBAL HEALTH LTD 0.220 -19 57 $ 9,261,630.00
CPH CRESO PHARMA LTD 0.034 -19 -91 $ 12,897,707.00
PCK PAINCHEK LTD 0.091 -19 -59 $ 100,285,624.00
CAN CANN GROUP LTD 0.395 -19 -79 $ 102,675,912.00
IMC IMMURON LTD 0.295 -22 195 $ 69,471,000.00
AMT ALLEGRA ORTHOPAEDICS LTD 0.190 -24 73 $ 19,834,582.00
ALT ANALYTICA LTD 0.002 -33 -50 $ 7,039,224.50
OBJ OBJ LTD 0.165 -45 -48 $ 24,170,360.00

 

Starpharma Holdings (ASX:SPL) was the biggest gainer, up 56 per cent after the Melbourne dendrimer nanotechnology company said it was making strong progress with an antiviral nasal spray for use against COVID-19.

The SPL7013 spray has proven effective against SARS-CoV-2, Starpharma said, adding that it has compiled documentation in preparation for regulatory approvals.

Kazia Therapeutics (ASX:KZA) shares gained after the biotech’s brain cancer treatment drug candidate was granted Fast Track Designation and then Orphan Drug Designation in the United States.

Regenerative medicine biotech Exopharm (ASX:EX1) climbed after raising $10m in an institutional placement managed by Canary Capital.

The institutional and high net worth individuals who invested at 24c a share are looking at a nominal 40 per cent return in just two weeks, based on Wednesday’s 34c closing price — although they won’t receive their shares for a few more days yet.

Closely watched stem cell biotech Mesoblast (ASX:MSB) was more or less flat on the fortnight with a 1 per cent rise, ahead of a key US Food and Drug Administration ruling this month on whether to approve its graft-versus-host disease drug candidate Ryoncil.

THC Global (ASX:THC) shares slid after the cannabis cultivation company stood down its chief executive, effective immediately, without explanation.

Bionomics (ASX:BNO) was the second-biggest gainer for the fortnight. In an August 27 response to an ASX price query, Bionomics said it couldn’t explain the rise in the company’s shares.

The South Australia-based biopharmaceutical company is working to develop treatments for central nervous system disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Visioneering Technologies (ASX:VTI), which makes a multifocal contact lens designed to reduce the progression of myopia (nearsightedness, or blurry distance vision), similarly had no explanation for the recent rise in its shares in an August 26 letter to the ASX.