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

Small cap health stocks have taken investors on a thrilling ride over the past month or two.

HIV fighter Biotron (ASX:BIT) hit 20-bagger status — soaring 2000 per cent on the back of positive trial results.

Bard1 (ASX:BD1) shares shot up 450 per cent after it said it was adapting an ovarian cancer test to breast cancer.

Suda Pharma (ASX:SUD) jumped 150 per cent after striking a deal with an Indian company to develop its migraine drug in the US.

Semen separator Memphasys (ASX:MEM) and muscular dystrophy researcher Antisense Therapeutics (ASX:ANP) both jumped 300 per cent — attracting ASX queries along the way.

Despite these break-outs, more than half of health stocks have lost ground over the past month.

Of the ASX’s 140-odd small cap health stocks, 78 saw their share prices fall, 53 improved and 11 were flat.

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

Memphasys (ASX:MEM) was the best-performing health stock of the past month — up 153 per cent to 3.8c — despite a lack of news.

Memphasys is developing a membrane codenamed Felix that separates quick swimmers from flabby floaters to improve IVF procedures.

Memphasys says it’s “entered a pivotal stage in the commercial development” of Felix, signing “the first of a number of leading international andrology and IVF clinics as partners to conduct invitro [or test tube] assessments”.

Memphasys is hoping for European regulatory approval in late 2019 which would allow for human trials.

Bard1 Life Sciences (ASX:BD1) also enjoyed a good month, up 150pc after adding breast cancer to its clinical lineup.

BARD1 has combined a biomarker and an algorithm into a blood test that can detect 6 per cent more cases of ovarian cancer than simply by using the algorithm.

It is now adapting that test to breast cancer. A lung cancer test is further back in the development process.

Both Suda Pharmaceuticals (ASX:SUD) and Proteomics International (ASX:PIQ) are in the top 10 best-performing small cap health stocks over the past month thanks to recent news.

Proteomics says the first commercial batches of its test for predicting the onset of diabetic kidney disease will be shipped later this month.

Paradigm Biopharma (ASX:PAR) is also up on very recent news, reporting earlier this week that its treatment for osteoarthritis patients was having a significant impact on knee pain.

Its shares are up 36 per cent in the past month, and up 199pc year-on-year.

Suda struck struck a deal with an Indian pharma company to develop its migraine drug in the US, while Proteomics said the first commercial batches of its test for predicting the onset of diabetic kidney disease will be shipped later this month.

Despite hitting 20-bagger status in October biotech darling Biotron (ASX:BIT) has lost half its recent gains and does not feature as a positive mover over the past month.

It’s till up 1000 per cent since September though.

At the other end of the scale, ResApp (ASX:RAP) shares have drifted 52 per cent in the past month, after investors questioned the results of its US coughing app re-trial.

For what it’s worth, ResApp boss Tony Keating told Stockhead done a better job of educating the market in what a good result looked like that his company could have , saying that the company was ready for its next stage of growth.

Here’s a table showing price performance for the ASX’s small cap health stocks over the past month.

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ASX code Company One month price change One year price change Price Nov 9 (intraday) Market Cap
CTE CRYOSITE 0 -0.57 0.065 3.0M
MEM MEMPHASYS 1.53 0.27 0.038 13.5M
BD1 BARD1 LIFE SCIEN 1.5 2.57 0.025 21.5M
ANP ANTISENSE THERAP 1.22 0.25 0.04 13.4M
BPH BPH ENERGY 1 0 0.002 3.6M
LCT LIVING CELL TECH 0.57 -0.77 0.047 25.1M
IHL IMPRESSION HEALT 0.53 -0.04 0.026 10.0M
SUD SUDA PHARMACEUTI 0.5 -0.65 0.006 15.5M
PIQ PROTEOMICS INTER 0.47 0.92 0.345 22.4M
ESE ESENSE-LAB 0.46 -0.81 0.051 5.0M
PAR PARADIGM BIOPHAR 0.36 1.99 1 132.4M
ACL ALCHEMIA 0.33 0.71 0.012 4.2M
M7T MACH7 TECHNOLOGI 0.3 0.13 0.26 34.4M
CGS COGSTATE 0.3 -0.24 0.74 87.0M
MGZ MEDIGARD 0.27 1.8 0.028 3.8M
POH PHOSPHAGENICS 0.24 0.63 0.026 41.0M
AMT ALLEGRA ORTHOPAE 0.24 0.4 0.21 20.9M
VHT VOLPARA HEALTH T 0.21 1.31 1.465 259.8M
PAA PHARMAUST 0.21 -0.2 0.041 8.2M
FFC FARMAFORCE 0.2 0.41 0.12 15.3M
PTX PRESCIENT THERAP 0.19 0.31 0.088 19.3M
RHT RESONANCE HEALTH 0.16 0.45 0.029 11.7M
MX1 MICRO-X 0.16 -0.04 0.405 57.7M
VTI VISIONEERING TEC 0.15 -0.51 0.19 45.7M
RGS REGENEUS 0.14 0.67 0.2 38.6M
EXL ELIXINOL GLOBAL 0.14 0 2.06 254.1M
TLX TELIX PHARMA 0.11 0 0.858 183.6M
1ST 1ST GROUP 0.1 -0.32 0.034 7.0M
NEU NEUREN PHARMACEU 0.09 -0.42 1.34 141.3M
LSH LIFESPOT HEALTH 0.08 -0.31 0.09 7.0M
ADO ANTEO DIAGNOSTIC 0.08 -0.28 0.013 15.0M
CAJ CAPITOL HEALTH 0.08 0.08 0.28 225.0M
RHY RHYTHM BIOSCIENC 0.07 0 0.16 16.1M
VLS VITA LIFE SCIENC 0.06 0.19 1.01 52.6M
IVQ INVITROCUE 0.06 0.05 0.09 46.2M
RCE RECCE PHARMACEUT 0.06 -0.03 0.18 16.1M
THC HYDROPONICS 0.04 0.5 0.54 67.9M
PNV POLYNOVO 0.03 0.72 0.595 394.9M
PGC PARAGON CARE 0.03 -0.14 0.75 230.4M
PYC PHYLOGICA 0.03 -0.11 0.032 70.8M
NSB NEUROSCIENTIFIC 0.03 0 0.165 12.1M
DXB DIMERIX 0.03 -0.51 0.1 15.9M
BLT BENITEC BIOPHAR 0.03 -0.1 0.17 41.1M
HCT HOLISTA COLLTECH 0.03 -0.39 0.07 16.4M
ALC ALCIDION GROUP L 0.02 -0.12 0.043 33.8M
CAN CANN GROUP 0.02 0.22 2.81 393.7M
IMM IMMUTEP 0.02 0.62 0.047 144.8M
1AD ADALTA 0.02 0.53 0.305 35.7M
ELX ELLEX MEDICAL LA 0.01 -0.32 0.685 100.5M
ZNT ZENITAS HEALTHCA 0.01 0.17 1.425 106.0M
ONT 1300 SMILES 0.01 -0.1 6.3 149.2M
SDI SDI 0.01 -0.03 0.585 68.3M
NOX NOXOPHARM 0.01 0.01 0.59 66.0M
JHC JAPARA HEALTHCAR 0 -0.4 1.25 335.3M
IMU IMUGENE 0 0 0.021 72.2M
UCM USCOM 0 -0.12 0.145 19.9M
UBI UNIVERSAL BI-CDI 0 -0.3 0.24 42.4M
CDX CARDIEX 0 0.59 0.035 18.6M
AJJ ASIAN AMERICAN M 0 0.2 0.12 40.5M
MDR MEDADVISOR 0 -0.31 0.037 49.0M
GLH GLOBAL HEALTH 0 -0.34 0.19 6.4M
OSL ONCOSIL MEDICAL 0 0.41 0.19 119.8M
MXC MGC PHARMACEUTIC 0 -0.36 0.051 61.9M
MMJ MMJ GROUP HOLDIN 0 -0.26 0.33 75.9M
IDT IDT AUSTRALIA 0 1.05 0.17 40.7M
ANR ANATARA LIFESCIE -0.01 -0.7 0.48 23.7M
SDX SIENNA CANCER -0.01 -0.31 0.085 22.7M
GSS GENETIC SIGNATUR -0.02 0.73 0.58 60.3M
HLA HEALTHIA -0.02 0 1.15 72.5M
RNO RHINOMED -0.02 0.48 0.23 28.2M
TDL TBG DIAGNOSTICS -0.02 -0.48 0.046 10.0M
ACR ACRUX -0.02 0.41 0.225 36.6M
OIL OPTISCAN IMA -0.03 -0.39 0.059 25.5M
KKT KONEKT -0.03 -0.43 0.29 30.5M
SCU STEMCELL UNITED -0.04 0 0.023 12.3M
BIT BIOTRON -0.04 2.44 0.11 62.3M
MVP MEDICAL DEVELOPM -0.04 -0.25 4.99 324.4M
PBP PROBIOTEC -0.04 1.46 1.5 97.3M
TPE TPI ENTERPRISES -0.05 -0.47 1.425 115.5M
IMC IMMURON -0.05 0.56 0.28 40.0M
NVL NAT VET CARE -0.05 -0.21 2.16 144.7M
FTT FACTOR THERAPEUT -0.05 0.37 0.071 59.2M
CYP CYNATA THERAPEUT -0.05 0.92 1.15 114.9M
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACE -0.05 0.72 0.086 66.7M
ICS ICSGLOBAL -0.06 -0.15 1 10.6M
LBT LBT INNOVATIONS -0.06 -0.63 0.099 19.9M
ACW ACTINOGEN MEDICA -0.06 -0.15 0.047 52.3M
OCC ORTHOCELL -0.06 -0.38 0.23 25.3M
ZLD ZELDA THERAPEUTI -0.07 -0.22 0.063 46.8M
CYC CYCLOPHARM -0.08 -0.04 0.965 66.3M
GTG GENETIC TECH -0.08 0.38 0.011 29.1M
ITD ITL HEALTH GROUP -0.09 -0.6 0.16 13.7M
KZA KAZIA THERAPEUTI -0.09 0 0.41 23.5M
OBJ OBJ -0.09 -0.49 0.02 34.4M
NHL NOVITA HEALTHCAR -0.09 -0.32 0.03 13.5M
CPH CRESO PHARMA -0.09 -0.34 0.48 55.1M
OPT OPTHEA -0.09 -0.18 0.575 122.0M
MVF MONASH IVF GROUP -0.1 -0.44 0.895 209.7M
PCK PAINCHEK -0.1 -0.11 0.047 39.4M
AC8 AUSCANN GROUP HO -0.1 0.09 0.845 262.7M
OVN OVENTUS MEDICAL -0.1 -0.46 0.28 29.7M
SOM SOMNOMED -0.1 -0.55 1.62 100.8M
NC6 NANOLLOSE -0.1 -0.54 0.09 6.7M
MDC MEDLAB CLINICAL -0.1 -0.39 0.39 82.2M
RAC RACE ONCOLOGY -0.11 -0.62 0.125 10.0M
GMV G MEDICAL INNHOL -0.11 -0.15 0.33 119.7M
PSQ PACIFIC SMILES G -0.11 -0.22 1.4 212.8M
CDY CELLMID -0.12 -0.11 0.34 28.4M
BXN BIOXYNE -0.12 -0.21 0.03 19.2M
CP1 CANNPAL ANIMAL -0.12 -0.12 0.15 14.0M
RVA REVA MEDICAL-CDI -0.12 -0.66 0.22 91.3M
PBT PRANA BIOTECHNOL -0.12 -0.39 0.043 23.1M
BRC BRAIN RESOURCE -0.13 -0.46 0.035 18.6M
RSH RESPIRI -0.13 1.13 0.083 40.2M
ATX AMPLIA THERAPEUT -0.13 0 0.27 11.1M
PXS PHARMAXIS -0.13 0.02 0.27 106.5M
CMP COMPUMEDICS -0.13 0.13 0.4 72.6M
VBS VECTUS BIOSYSTEM -0.14 -0.57 0.6 14.0M
IVX INVION -0.14 3 0.024 131.8M
EHH EAGLE HEALTH HOL -0.15 -0.42 0.205 65.3M
ADR ADHERIUM -0.15 -0.05 0.07 12.2M
AZV AZURE HEALTHCARE -0.15 0.19 0.089 20.7M
SVA SIMAVITA-CDI -0.16 0.24 0.026 10.8M
SKN SKIN ELEMENTS -0.17 -0.66 0.05 8.6M
PAB PATRYS -0.17 0.5 0.03 31.0M
ALT ANALYTICA -0.17 0.25 0.005 16.7M
DVL DORSAVI -0.2 -0.76 0.068 11.4M
AHX APIAM ANIMAL HEA -0.2 -0.42 0.52 54.7M
BWX BWX -0.22 -0.59 2.82 349.0M
JHL JAYEX HEALTHCARE -0.22 -0.22 0.021 3.5M
IBX IMAGION BIOSYSTE -0.23 -0.55 0.046 10.3M
BNO BIONOMICS -0.24 -0.66 0.145 67.6M
S66 STAR COMBO PHARM -0.25 0 0.63 48.1M
ONE ONEVIEW HEAL-CDI -0.28 -0.58 1.05 70.0M
IPD IMPEDIMED -0.28 -0.55 0.34 130.8M
OSP OSPREY MEDIC-CDI -0.31 -0.66 0.145 62.6M
AVH AVITA MEDICAL -0.31 0.69 0.083 115.4M
MEB MEDIBIO -0.32 -0.89 0.04 9.3M
AGH ALTHEA GROUP HOL -0.36 0 0.36 75.2M
NTI NEUROTECH INT -0.42 -0.68 0.064 7.0M
SIL SMILES INCLUSIVE -0.45 0 0.545 32.4M
RAP RESAPP HEALTH -0.52 0.48 0.105 72.8M
AXP AIRXPANDERS-CDI -0.59 -0.93 0.04 22.3M