Maryland companies innovate and donate in the face of COVID-19

04/08/2020| Julie Miller

Maryland companies innovate and donate in the face of COVID-19

04/08/2020 | Julie Miller

This blog post is part of our ongoing Innovation Uncovered series. Read more about Maryland’s innovators here.

In the era of COVID-19, reading and watching the news can be overwhelming. But among the serious updates that scroll across our screens every day, we also see stories of companies and the people behind them uniting and innovating to protect our citizens. Here are just some examples of Maryland companies stepping up in the fight against COVID-19.

Manufacturers switch gears to make PPE

With Personal Protective Equipment in limited supply, many Maryland manufacturers have focused on making equipment to help protect our medical professionals and first responders. Hardwire, a company that makes military armor, is now making face shields. Under Armour, known best for its athletic gear and attire, started making face masks for Maryland hospitals. Hatch Exhibits went from making trade show displays to also making masks. Even individual hobbyists with 3D printers are putting their tech to use.

Biohealth innovators do what they do best

Home to some of the biggest names in biohealth, the nation’s leading federal health agencies, many bio startups, and top research universities, Maryland is a biohealth hub. So it’s no surprise many Maryland bio companies are behind the scientific fight against COVID-19. QIAGEN, which is developing COVID-19 test kits, and Emergent BioSolutions, which is developing plasma-based potential treatments, are among the local biohealth companies innovating to fight COVID-19. The Daily Record recently broke down some ways the Maryland biohealth community is working together in this time of need.

Distillers make sanitizer

All over the state, distillers are stepping up to produce hand sanitizer, something that is in limited supply locally and across the country. Among the many distillers switching gears to hand sanitizer are MISCellaneous Distillery, Twin Valley Distillers, McClintock Distilling, White Tiger Distillery, and Sagamore Spirit.

Companies step up with donations

Companies across Maryland are supporting the community to ensure Marylanders have essential resources during these trying times. Giant Food donated $1.5 million, Keany Produce donated $100,000 worth of fresh produce, Transamerica's foundation donated $500,000, and BGE, Constellation, and Exelon donated $1 million for coronavirus response and relief in Maryland.

How to get involved

Businesses interested in donating and volunteering, can find information on how to do so on the Maryland Business Express COVID-19 resources page. For even more ways for Marylanders to help, visit the Maryland Unites website.

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