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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  January 13, 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 13, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Ophthotech Corporation (the “Company”) increased the size of the Board from six to seven members and elected Jane P. Henderson as a director of the Company, effective immediately. Ms. Henderson was appointed as a Class I director and will serve in accordance with the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company until the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders and thereafter until her successor is duly elected and qualified or until her earlier death, resignation or removal.  Ms. Henderson was also appointed to serve as Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board. Following Ms. Henderson’s appointment, the Audit Committee is now comprised of Ms. Henderson, Axel Bolte and David Redlick.
In accordance with the Company’s director compensation policy (the “Policy”), Ms. Henderson will receive (i) annual cash compensation of $45,000 for her service as a director, (ii) additional annual cash compensation of $20,000 as the Chair of the Audit Committee and (iii) reimbursement for reasonable travel and other expenses incurred in connection with attending meetings of the Board and committees thereof. In addition, in accordance with the Policy, Ms. Henderson was granted a stock option to purchase up to 32,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at a per share exercise price of $2.85, which was the closing price of the Company’s common stock on Friday, January 12, 2018, the trading day immediately preceding the grant date of Saturday, January 13, 2018. The option will vest monthly in equal amounts over a three-year period following the date of grant, subject to continued service with the Company.


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 19, 2018
/s/ David F. Carroll
David F. Carroll
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer