San Diego medical device manufacturer NuVasive Inc. is opening a new office in Tokyo to strengthen its sales in Asia.

The branch will be headed by the company’s executive vice president of Asia Pacific, Takaaki Tanaka.

“NuVasive’s formal presence in Tokyo is a testament to our commitment to surgeon customers and their patients in Japan,” Tanaka said.

NuVasive recently completed several surgical procedures throughout Japan to demonstrate how minimally intrusive the products it markets are.

“This marks an exciting moment in NuVasive history,” said Alex Lukianov, chairman and CEO of NuVasive. “I am especially pleased to formally open our Tokyo office. ... Our initial reception in Japan has been exceptional, and I look forward to working with Tanaka-san and Russell Powers, our executive vice president of international, to improve spine surgery in one of the world’s largest spine markets.”

— SDBJ Staff Report