Milwaukee-based health care startup Novir today is officially opening its new location within the Warehouse No. 1 building at 126 N. Jefferson St. in the city’s Historic Third Ward. The company moved from the Renaissance Building on Water Street, also in the Third Ward.

Novir, which provides quick testing and screening options, has seen rapid growth. That growth fueled the need to move into a larger office space. The company grew from 12 employees nine months ago to approximately 100 today. But the idea behind Novir began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“We were born out of the pandemic. We were sort of commiserating at the beginning of the pandemic and saying ‘Wow, what is going on? This is crazy,’” said Peter Klug, vice president of business and program development. “We were both in health care technology, so we were wondering what we could do.”

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