Consulting Agreement by and between Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. and Dr. Amarpreet S. Sawhney, dated as of May 29, 2019

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EX-10.2 3 a19-10855_1ex10d2.htm EX-10.2

Exhibit 10.2








This Consulting Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of May 29, 2019 by and between Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (the “Company”), and Dr. Amarpreet S. Sawhney (the “Consultant”), and will be effective as of the day immediately following the Separation Date (hereinafter, the “Consulting Effective Date”). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings set forth in the Transition, Separation and Release of Claims Agreement entered into by the Company and the Consultant (the “Separation Agreement”) to which this Agreement is attached as Attachment A.


WHEREAS, the Consultant has certain knowledge and expertise regarding the Company as a result of having served as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, and previously as the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman; and


WHEREAS, the Company desires to have the benefit of the Consultant’s knowledge and experience, and the Consultant desires to provide consulting services to the Company, all as hereinafter provided in this Agreement.


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and mutual agreements hereinafter set forth, the sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Consultant hereby agree as follows:


Section 1.  Services.


(a)         Services; Performance.  The Consultant shall render to the Company the consulting services described in Exhibit A attached to this Agreement and any additional consulting services as mutually agreed to by the Consultant and the Company from time to time in writing (collectively, the “Services”).  The Consultant shall perform, during such hours as may be reasonably required for satisfactory performance of the Services, such Services in a professional manner and consistent with the highest industry standards.  As of the Consulting Effective Date, the Consultant and the Company intend that the Consultant shall perform the Services for the Company from time to time at the Company’s reasonable request, but no more than four (4) hours per week.  The Consultant shall comply with all rules, procedures and standards promulgated from time to time by the Company with respect to the Consultant’s access to and use of the Company’s property, information, equipment and facilities in the course of the Consultant’s provision of Services hereunder.


(b)         Non-Exclusive.  The parties agree that, at all times during the term of this Agreement, (i) the Company shall be free to obtain consulting and advisory services from any third party, and (ii) the Consultant shall be free to provide consulting and advisory services to any third party, so long as the provision of such services by the Consultant does not conflict with (x) the Consultant’s provision of Services to the Company as described in Section 1(a), or (y) the Consultant’s continuing obligations to the Company as detailed in the Separation Agreement.


Section 2.  Compensation and Reimbursement.


(a)         Consulting Fees.  During the Consultation Period, the Company shall pay the Consultant consulting fees in the amount of $500.00 per hour for Services performed hereunder, to be paid to the Consultant in accordance with Section 2(c) below (the “Consulting Fees”).



(b)         Expense Reimbursement.  The Company shall reimburse the Consultant for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Consultant in connection with the performance of the Services under this Agreement, so long as they are approved in writing in advance by the Company.


All reimbursements and in-kind benefits provided under this Agreement shall be made or provided in accordance with the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 409A”) to the extent that such reimbursements or in-kind benefits are subject to Section 409A, including, where applicable, the requirements that (i) any reimbursement is for expenses incurred during Consultant’s lifetime (or during a shorter period of time specified in this Agreement), (ii) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement during a calendar year may not affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement in any other calendar year, (iii) the reimbursement of an eligible expense will be made on or before the last day of the calendar year following the year in which the expense is incurred and (iv) the right to reimbursement is not subject to set off or liquidation or exchange for any other benefit.


(c)          Itemized Statements.  At the end of any month in which the Consultant performs Services and incurs expenses in accordance with Section 2(b), the Consultant shall submit to the Company an itemized statement of the Services performed, including the number of hours worked and the project to which the Services relate, and the expenses incurred, including appropriate and reasonable documentation.  The Company shall pay the Consultant the amount set forth on such itemized statement within thirty (30) days after receipt.


(d)                                 No Employee Benefits.  The Consultant’s relationship with the Company will be that of an independent contractor, and the Consultant shall not, in connection with this relationship, be entitled to any benefits, coverages or privileges, including without limitation health insurance, social security, unemployment, workers compensation, or pension payments, made available to employees of the Company.


(e)                                  Equity Vesting.  It is understood that during the Consultation Period the Consultant’s Equity Awards will continue to vest and be exercisable, as applicable, in accordance with the terms of the applicable agreements and plan documents.  Vesting will cease immediately upon termination of this Agreement for any reason in accordance with Section 3 below but, notwithstanding anything set forth in the applicable agreements and plan documents, any vested options shall be exercisable until the earlier of (i) the original expiration date of such option or (ii) the date that is five (5) years following the Consultant’s cessation of Services pursuant to this Agreement.


Section 3.  Term and Termination.


(a)         Consultation Period.  Subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, the term of this Agreement shall, provided the Consultant has timely entered into the Separation Agreement and Additional Release, commence on the Consulting Effective Date and shall continue until terminated in accordance with the provisions below (such period, the “Consultation Period”). The Consultation Period shall automatically terminate upon the death, physical incapacitation or mental incompetence of the Consultant, or, if the Consultant revokes the Additional Release, upon the date of such revocation.  This Agreement may further be terminated at any time after the Consulting Effective Date in the following manner: (i) by the Company at any time immediately upon written notice if the Consultant has materially breached this Agreement or the Separation Agreement; (ii) by the Consultant at any time immediately upon written notice if the Company has materially breached this Agreement or the Separation Agreement; (iii) at any time upon the mutual written consent of the parties hereto, or (iv) by either party for any reason upon ten (10) days’ written notice to the other party.



(b)         Effects of Termination.  In the event of any termination under this Section 3, the Consultant shall be entitled only to the Consulting Fees (if any) due and payable to the Consultant at the time of such termination and expenses (including reimbursements) incurred in accordance with Section 2(a) and (b) prior to the effective date of such termination, and no further payments of any kind will be due under this Agreement.


Section 4.  Independent Contractor.  The Consultant shall not, as of the Consulting Effective Date or at any time during the Consultation Period, be deemed an employee of the Company.  The Consultant’s status and relationship with the Company shall be that of an independent contractor and consultant.  The Consultant is not authorized to assume or create any obligation or responsibility, express or implied, on behalf of, or in the name of, the Company or to bind the Company in any manner.  Nothing herein shall create, expressly or by implication, a partnership, joint venture or other association between the parties.  The Consultant shall be solely responsible for payment of all charges and taxes arising from the payments to be made to the Consultant under this Agreement and the Consultant agrees that the Company shall have no obligation or liability with respect to such charges and/or taxes.


Section 5.  Notice.  Any notice required or desired to be given shall be governed solely by this paragraph.  Notice shall be deemed given only upon (a) mailing of any letter or instrument by overnight delivery with a reputable carrier or by registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid by the sender, or (b) personal delivery.


If to the Consultant:

If to the Company:

To the Consultant at the last

Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.

address on file with the Company

15 Crosby Drive


Bedford, MA 01730


Attn:  Chief Executive Officer


From time to time, either party may, by written notice to the other in accordance with this Section 5, designate another address that shall thereupon become the effective address of such party for the purpose of this Section 5.


Section 6.  Miscellaneous.  This Agreement, together with the Separation Agreement and all exhibits and attachments hereto and thereto, constitutes the entire understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the matters contained herein and supersedes all proposals and agreements, written or oral, and all other communications between the parties relating to the subject matter of this Agreement.  For the avoidance of doubt, nothing herein supersedes the Separation Agreement (including without limitation the ongoing force and effect of the Consultant’s continuing obligations pursuant to Sections 5 and 6 of the Employment Agreement).  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to its conflict of laws rules.  The headings contained in this Agreement are for the convenience of the parties and are not to be construed as a substantive provision hereof.  This Agreement may not be modified or amended except in writing signed or executed by the Consultant and the Company.  In the event any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable or invalid, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not affect any other provisions of this Agreement and such other provisions shall remain in full force and effect.  If any provision of this Agreement is held to be excessively broad, it shall be reformed and construed by limiting and reducing it so as to be enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by law.  This Agreement shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, both parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns, including any corporation with or into which the Company may be merged or which may succeed to its assets or business; provided, however, that the responsibility for actual performance of the Services may not be assigned or delegated by the Consultant to any other person or entity.  This Agreement may be executed



in counterparts and by facsimile, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.


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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be executed as of the date written above.












/s/ Amarpreet S. Sawhney, Ph.D.



/s/ Antony Mattessich




Antony Mattessich




President and Chief Executive Officer



Exhibit A


Description of Services


The Consultant shall provide scientific and technical consulting and advisory services.