The first South African went to space, while much closer to home, the IDC saw a bright future in Lodox Systems. Again, it was faith that was richly rewarded.
Mark Shuttleworth became the first South African to journey as a cosmonaut to the International Space Station; the country hosted the World Summit on Sustainable Development; and the Hector Pieterson Museum was opened. The year was 2002.
Also looking to the future, the Industrial Development Corporation approved its first funding for Lodox Systems; it continued to support the company throughout the years through good times and bad.
The IDC's faith was not misplaced, as Lodox Systems created the world's first full-body, low-dose, digital x-ray imaging system – the Xmplar-dr – which takes images in just 13 seconds. This x-ray system received international exposure when it was featured on the 18th episode of season nine of the hit American TV series Grey's Anatomy.
The company's critical imaging technology was originally developed as a security tool in the diamond industry but it has been transformed into a product that has since made a huge advance in medical trauma management. To date, this device has ensured that 15 local institutions, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath and Charlotte Maxeke hospitals, are able to provide a world-class level of trauma care to South Africans.
The IDC became a majority shareholder of Lodox in 2010. Now in its 12th year of operations, Lodox has achieved success in nine countries with 43 installations. This proudly South African company is the recipient of the Top Innovation Concept in the 2013 Accenture Innovation Index Awards.