Maine’s life science companies, representing a variety of products and services, are finding themselves on the forefront of the worldwide effort to stop COVID-19 and adding employees as they increase production.

From Sanford to Guilford to Bar Harbor, the companies make everything from biological safety cabinets to swabs to COVID-19 tests. And the businesses are ramping up hiring as fast as they can, according to BioME, the trade association that represents the industry in the state.

Biomedical and life science companies are considered essential under the rules for what businesses can be operating during the crisis. Read more