From Left: Paul Kavanagh, Cirdan, Jonathan Armstrong, Award winner, Cirdan, Dr Paul Millar, Queens University Belfast & Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb, KTP Awards host.

Portfolio News – 27 October 2022

Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) Portfolio Company Cirdan Imaging together with Queen’s University Belfast and KTP Associate and Cirdan’s Senior AI Engineer, Jonathan Armstrong have won Innovate UK’s Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. 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.

Jonathan developed two AI products for Cirdan. Firstly, an AI algorithm for their 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.

Over 800 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships projects between universities and business are active across the UK, with less than 40 shortlisted for the awards.  The Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award recognises teams who demonstrate exceptional achievements across all three Partners: Business; Academic; and Associate.