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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  January 5, 2018
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 5, 2018, in connection with the mutual determination by Barbara A. Wood and Ophthotech Corporation (the “Company”) to cease Ms. Wood’s employment as the Company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary during the first quarter of 2018 so that she could pursue other opportunities, the Company and Ms. Wood entered into a Separation and General Release (the “Separation Agreement”). Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, Ms. Wood’s employment with the Company will end effective as of March 31, 2018 or such earlier date as may be mutually agreed upon by Ms. Wood and the Company (the “Separation Date”). Ms. Wood will continue to receive her current base salary and will remain eligible to participate in the Company’s benefit plans (pursuant to the terms and conditions of such plans) through the Separation Date.

Pursuant to the terms of the Separation Agreement, the Company has agreed, in consideration for a general release and certain other obligations, to make the following payments to Ms. Wood following the Separation Date: (a) $404,620, consisting of 12 months of her current base salary; (b) a pro-rated portion, as of the Separation Date, of her target short-term cash incentive compensation for 2018; and (c) reimbursement for COBRA coverage under Company-subsidized health benefits for a period of up to 12 months following the last day of the calendar month in which the Separation Date occurs. In addition, Ms. Wood will be entitled to the continued exercisability for a period of one year following the Separation Date of stock options that are vested as of the Separation Date.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: January 5, 2018
/s/ David F. Carroll
David F. Carroll
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer