Our Story


Our Story


Our Story


Established in 2010, Cirdan is a leading provider of informatics software and imaging solutions that enhance and speed up the diagnosis of patients. Headquartered in the UK, with offices in Canada and Australia, Cirdan is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of laboratory information systems worldwide. Our innovative systems are currently helping to increase efficiency and streamline operations in multiple public and private clinical laboratories across the world.

Following the acquisition of Belfast-based Philips Digital and Computational Pathology business (formerly known as PathXL) in July 2020 Cirdan has added digital pathology education software to its product portfolio and enhanced its digital pathology and artificial intelligence capabilities, further strengthening its position as a leader in the pathology market.

Innovation is at the heart of Cirdan and as a company our vision is to “improve wellbeing through innovation.” This vision drives our product development and all business activities.

Key Milestones

Leadership Team

Dr James Gerald Doherty

Chairman of the Board

An experienced entrepreneur, he founded and was CEO of Amphion Semiconductor Ltd, an advanced microchip design company co-headquartered in Belfast and San Jose, CA. with a client base of major semiconductor and electronics companies worldwide which was acquired by Conexant Systems. Dr Doherty remains an advisor to Queens on intellectual property exploitation and entrepreneurship.

Allen Martin

Non-executive Director

Allen Martin, MA (Hons), FCA, is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Finance professional with significant commercial experience in Corporate Finance lead advisory, M&A, Corporate Banking and Venture Capital. Allen joined Kernel Capital in 2014. Based in Kernel’s Belfast Office, he is focused on equity investments in Northern Ireland technology companies.

Frank Bryan

Frank Bryan

Non-executive Director

Frank Bryan FIoD CEng MIET AMAC is a senior executive coach and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. As a chartered electrical engineer, Mr Bryan has been Managing Director of his own company providing engineering services since 1993, following 9 years with ICI / AstraZeneca.

Meet the Management Team

Hugh Cormican

Cirdan CEO

Hugh, a founder of Cirdan, studied physics at Queens University Belfast.  Also a founder and Director of Andor Technologies Plc, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by QUB in 2003. During his PhD studies Hugh became involved in the start-up of Andor Technology. In 2000 he was awarded the Institute of Physics Paterson medal and prize for commercialization of Physics in recognition of the success of Andor.

Dominic Saunders

Head of Customer Support

Dominic has over 20 years’ experience with Laboratory Information Systems.  His technical knowledge base includes a very strong understanding of databases, network engineering principles and unix skills including design, implementation and administration of large complex systems. He has acted as a Senior DBA in the Asia/Pacific region for over 17 years and has degree in Computing, with advanced certification in Database systems and Network Engineering.


Frank Bryan

Stephen Dunniece

Research and Development Director
A founder of Cirdan, Stephen studied at Belfast Institute and the University of Ulster where he completed a MSc. in Electronics and Signal Processing. After working in the Physics Dept at QUB he joined Belfast start-up Andor Technology Ltd. For the next 7 years, he undertook all aspects of camera hardware design. In 1999, Stephen became Director of his own business, Audio Control Systems Ltd, involved in the design and installation of interactive equipment for the special needs sector.

Dave Crockett

Head of Global Sales

Dave has spent the past 17 years focusing on laboratory informatics. Most of his time has been attentive to support and growth of international and strategic markets. Dave has an in-depth understanding of pathology and has worked to form relationships with numerous third party vendors to support new workflows and technologies in the laboratory.

Laura Henry

Finance Manager

Laura has recently taken up the role of finance manager within the Cirdan Group. Previous to taking up her role with Cirdan she worked for ASM Chartered accountants gaining varied experience in Accounts, Audit & Assurance, Tax and corporate finance. During this time Laura also spent time working with Cirdan on various projects.

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Head of Sales

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Chief Officer Imaging

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 Interim Head of Marketing

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Head of Finance

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 Head of QARA

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Interim Head of Operations & CO Path XL

Martin McCrystal

Head of Engineering ULTRA

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Head of Customer Support

Timely Support

Support teams for our systems are available 24-7, 365 days a year

Innovative Ideas

Ideas to enhance diagnosis and workflow in clinical laboratories

Advanced Technology

In-depth expertise in  engineering, biomedical sciences & software engineering


We communicate. If our customers reach out to us, we respond in short timescales.

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