Top performing ASX life science companies


ASX-listed life science companies report a new market capitalisation of $255 billion, with Arovella Therapeutic (ASX:ALA) and Avita Medical (ASX:AVH) topping return rankings for Q1 while Neuren Pharmaceuticals (ASX:NEU) leads in earnings for 2023.

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AusBiostock data (April 2023) reveals the 178 ASX-listed life science companies have grown the market capitalisation by $7 billion over the past year, from $248 billion to $255 billion, highlighting the life science sector’s growing economic contribution to the Australian economy.

The data also shows eight per cent of listed companies have a market cap of more than $1 billion, while 33 per cent of companies are worth more than $100 million. Identified as a key metric in AusBiotech’s Biotechnology Blueprint decadal strategy, the proportion of biotech companies achieving market valuations greater than $100 million measures the industry’s ability to create companies of significant future value.

Neuren Pharmaceuticals is reported as the top earner for the year, with a reported share price of $14.20 (as at 18 April 2023) and a market return of 258.59 per cent (see full data below).

This follows a strong 2022, where Neuren Pharmaceuticals was listed as the second top returner in the AusBioStock’s April 2022 data (see below), after Incannex Healthcare (ASX:IHL) reported a 233.33 per cent return over the past year. At the end of Q1 2022, Neuren Pharmaceutical reported a share price of $4.18 (as at 8 March 2022) and annual return of 213.11 per cent, revealing Neuren Pharmaceutical’s stock price jumped from $4.18 to $14.20 between April 2022 and April 2023.

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Q1 2023 has revealed WA-based Arovella Therapeutics topped the rankings with a quarterly return of 237.50 per cent, followed by Avita Medical at 85.95 per cent, 4Dmedical Limited (ASX:4DX) at 78.72 per cent, Kazia Therapeutics (ASX:KZA) at 62.50 per cent, and Botanix Pharma Limited (ASX:BOT) at 61.40 per cent.

The variability in the returns listings between Q1 2022 versus 2023 demonstrates the unique nature of biotechnology investment, and reflects the makeup of the sector, with the vast majority of companies being small, early-stage, pre-revenue and pre-clinical.

Notably, there have been no new biotech company listings on the ASX since April 2022. This is in contrast to a busy 2020-2021 listing period where 26 new biotech and medical technology companies were listed on the ASX, which was an unusual period but in line with global trends.

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