Cirdan, Queen’s University Belfast and KTP Associate Jonathan Armstrong win Innovate UK’s award for Best KTP 2022

Bronagh McStravick

25th Oct 2022
Cirdan, Queen’s University Belfast and KTP Associate Jonathan Armstrong win Innovate UK’s award for Best KTP 2022

Cirdan are delighted to announce that together with Queen’s University Belfast and our KTP Associate and Senior AI Engineer, Jonathan Armstrong, we have been selected as the winners of the Best KTP project by Innovate UK. Innovate UK’s Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership award honours the KTP which has brought the greatest benefits to all three participants, exceeding the expectations set out in their KTP proposal, and which best exemplifies innovation through collaboration.

Cirdan are a leading global provider of informatics and imaging solutions that enhance and speed up patient diagnosis. Cirdan undertook a knowledge transfer partnership with Queen’s University Belfast working in collaboration with Dr Paul Miller and Dr Jesus Martinez del Rincon, from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Jonathan developed two AI products for Cirdan. Firstly, an AI algorithm for our CoreLite x-ray product which expedites breast cancer diagnosis. Secondly, in collaboration with consultant pathologist Dr. Maurice Loughrey from the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, a 95% accuracy cloud-based AI algorithm for detecting tumours in any polyp image, using 500 expertly annotated slides.

Commenting on successful win, Jonathan Armstrong, Senior AI Engineer at Cirdan said : ” It was a privilege to be involved in such a meaningful project in the application of AI in Healthcare, it wouldn’t have been possible without the great team in Cirdan, Queen’s and also the support of the Royal Victoria Hospital. This project is a testament to what KTP truly is, a Partnership that makes a difference.”

Hugh Cormican, CEO at Cirdan, added: “Over 800 UK wide knowledge transfer projects are active across the UK; to have been selected as the best KTP 2022 is a true honour for us as a business. I would like to thank all our colleagues who made this project such a great success.

I would also like to congratulate Jonathan, our KTP associate, on this outstanding success. It is his hard work, and passion for AI-led healthcare that has led to this KTP Project being recognised by Innovate UK as the best KTP 2022.

We are delighted to have Queen’s University Belfast, as our local academic partner. They are aligned with us on our journey to develop solutions that will revolutionise global healthcare. I would like to thank Paul Millar, Jesus Martinez del Rincon and the QUB KTP team for their great work.

At Cirdan, we are passionate about improving wellbeing through innovation and using digital health technology to assist clinicians in accelerating patient diagnosis.  This project has demonstrated real benefits for the patients and clinicians we support, which will be the real testament to the great work achieved from this partnership.”


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