Belfast Telegraph

Antrim medical imaging firm in £1m deal Down Under

By John Mulgrew

A Co Antrim medical imaging company has landed a £1m contract to sell its products into Australia.

Cirdan, based in Lisburn, specialises in medical devices and software for surgery and cancer diagnosis.

The deal with Northern Health in Melbourne is for the provision and installation of an information system that records, manages and tracks patient data for clinical laboratories.

Dave Crockett, head of global sales at Cirdan, said: "Persistence has been key to developing sales in this market and winning this contract with Northern Health is the culmination of months of hard work.

"We realise that lasting relationships are developed through face to face contact and that is why we place such importance in having a local presence.

"Having an office in Australia works well for us and our customers.

"The support of Invest NI through research and development, trade support and job creation has helped our business to compete and succeed, not only in Northern Ireland but on the global stage.

"We are confident we can maintain and develop our brand in Europe and across Asia-Pacific and look forward to continuing to build on the strong partnership we have with Northern Health."

On a visit to Melbourne, Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton said: "Cirdan is an ambitious Northern Ireland business which has benefited from a range of Invest NI support for research and development, recruitment and trade activities, to strengthen the future of its business.

"This new deal will allow the company to further strengthen its position within this sector in the Australian market."

Earlier this year the firm revealed it would create 46 jobs and carry out a multimillion-pound research and development project as it responds to changes in healthcare.

It is investing in future growth in the precision medicine market.

The company is led by entrepreneur Hugh Cormican, also a co-founder of digital camera manufacturer Andor Technology, a Queen's University spin-off.

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