Our Mission

Lead Poisoning threatens millions of people, yet is entirely preventable.  Our mission is to help identify and protect those at risk.

Our History

Magellan Diagnostics has been a pioneer in the analysis of blood lead since the late 1960s, when the company (then called ESA, Inc.) was founded by four PhD graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Applying a novel technique called Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV), they designed and built a bench top analyzer for the measurement of lead in blood.  The company then adapted this technology to create smaller, portable instruments that can be used outside of the traditional reference laboratory.  This major achievement broadened the accessibility of lead testing bringing it to the point of care.  

Notable benchmark's in the company's evolution include: 

1974 Launch of the first dedicated blood lead analyzer for the clinical laboratory, the Model 3010 Bench Top Analyzer

1992 The Model 3010B Bench Top Analyzer is launched, responding to the CDC’s call for lowering the detection limits for blood lead.

1997 LeadCare is launched - the first portable blood lead testing device approved for field use in healthcare clinics.  The LeadCare System is classified as a “moderately complex” device by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). 
2001 ESA, Inc. receives grant funding from the CDC to develop the LeadCare II System to extend the reach of blood lead screening to locations where children already receive services.

2004 ESA, Inc. is renamed ESA Biosciences, Inc.

2005 LeadCare II Blood Lead Testing System is granted 510(k) approval by the FDA.

2006 LeadCare II receives CLIA waiver from the FDA, making it possible to use in doctors’ offices and clinics without requiring special staff training.

2009 Company wins the Frost & Sullivan 2009 North American Point-of-Care Product Innovation Award for the LeadCare II System.

2012 Company wins the MHPA Center for Best Practices Children's Health Award for our commitment to childhood health.

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