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Monday 14 April, 2003

Celltech Group PLC

Offer Update

Celltech Group PLC
14 April 2003

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                                                                   14 April 2003

                        CELLTECH GROUP PLC ('CELLTECH')

                CASH OFFER FOR OXFORD GLYCOSCIENCES PLC ('OGS')



Further to Celltech's announcement on 11 April 2003 that it had purchased an
aggregate of 26,418,956 OGS Shares, representing approximately 47.17 per cent of
the issued share capital of OGS, Celltech announces that it has today purchased
a further 2,351,488 OGS Shares at a price of 182 pence per share, representing
approximately 4.20 per cent. of the issued share capital of OGS. Celltech has
now acquired, subject to settlement of these share purchases, an aggregate of
28,770,444 OGS Shares (including those represented by OGS ADSs), representing
approximately 51.37 per cent. of the issued share capital of OGS.


In addition, as at 3:00 p.m. (London time) today, valid acceptances of
Celltech's Offer had been received in respect of 1,425,818 OGS Shares (including
those represented by OGS ADSs), representing approximately 2.55 per cent. of the
issued share capital of OGS. Accordingly, and subject to settlement of the share
purchases made on 11 April 2003 and today, Celltech has now acquired, or
received valid acceptances in respect of, an aggregate of 30,196,262 OGS Shares
(including those represented by OGS ADSs), representing approximately 53.92 per
cent. of the issued share capital of OGS.


Celltech's Offer will become unconditional in all respects as soon as it is
confirmed that sufficient of its share purchases meet the requirements of the
City Code on Takeovers and Mergers for counting towards the fulfilment of the
remaining acceptance condition of the Offer.


Save as set out above, neither Celltech, nor any person acting or deemed to be
acting in concert with Celltech, owned any OGS Shares on 22 January 2003 (being
the business day prior to the commencement of the offer period), nor have any of
such persons acquired or agreed to acquire any OGS Shares (including OGS Shares
represented by OGS ADSs) during the offer period and no acceptances of the Offer
have been received from any persons acting or deemed to be acting in concert
with Celltech.


A further announcement will be made in due course.


Enquiries:

For further information contact:

Celltech Group plc                                Telephone: +44 (0)1753 534 655
Dr Peter Fellner, Chief Executive
Peter Allen, Chief Financial Officer
Richard Bungay, Director of Corporate Communications

JPMorgan                                          Telephone: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
Bernard Taylor, Vice Chairman
Julian Oakley, Managing Director

Brunswick London                                  Telephone: +44 (0)20 7404 5959
Jon Coles
Fiona Fong

Brunswick New York                                    Telephone: +1 212 333 3810
Cindy Leggett-Flynn



Terms defined in the Offer Document have the same meaning when used in this
announcement.



Celltech and JPMorgan, acting on its behalf outside the United States, are
offering to purchase all of the issued and to be issued ordinary shares of 5
pence each in OGS (including those represented by OGS ADSs) at a price of 182
pence per OGS Share.



This announcement does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase any
securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, pursuant to the
Offer or otherwise. The Offer is being made solely by the Offer Document and the
Acceptance Forms accompanying the Offer Document, which contain the full terms
and conditions of the Offer, including details of how the Offer may be accepted.
Celltech filed with the SEC a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO containing
the Offer Document and other related information on 3 March 2003. Free copies of
those documents are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The Offer
Document and the Acceptance Forms accompanying the Offer Document have been made
available to all OGS Securityholders at no charge to them. OGS Securityholders
are advised to read the Offer Document and the accompanying Acceptance Forms
which have been sent to them because they contain important information. OGS
Securityholders in the United States are also advised to read the Tender Offer
Statement because it contains important information.



Unless otherwise determined by Celltech and permitted by applicable law and
regulation, the Offer (including the Loan Note Alternative) is not being made,
directly or indirectly, in or into, or by use of the mails of, or by any other
means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, telephonically or
electronically) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of a
national securities exchange of Canada, nor is it being made in or into
Australia or Japan and the Offer is not capable of acceptance by any such use,
means, instrumentality or facilities or from within Australia, Canada or Japan.
Accordingly, unless otherwise determined by Celltech and permitted by applicable
law and regulation, neither copies of this announcement nor any other documents
relating to the Offer have been, or may be, mailed or otherwise forwarded,
distributed or sent in or into Australia, Canada or Japan and persons receiving
such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not distribute
or send them in, into or from such jurisdictions.



The Loan Notes to be issued pursuant to the Loan Note Alternative available
under the Offer have not been, and will not be, listed on any stock exchange and
have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as
amended or under any relevant securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction
of the United States, or under the relevant securities laws of Australia, Canada
or Japan or any other jurisdiction. Accordingly, unless an exemption under such
relevant laws is available, Loan Notes may not be offered, sold, re-sold or
delivered, directly or indirectly, in, into or from the United States,
Australia, Canada or Japan or any other jurisdiction in which an offer of Loan
Notes would constitute a violation of relevant laws or require registration of
the Loan Notes, or to or for the account or benefit of any US Person or resident
of Australia, Canada or Japan or any other such jurisdiction.


THE OFFER WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR ACCEPTANCE DURING THE INITIAL OFFER PERIOD. THE
INITIAL OFFER PERIOD FOR ACCEPTANCES AND WITHDRAWALS WILL EXPIRE ON THE EARLIER
OF (i) THE OFFER BECOMING OR BEING DECLARED UNCONDITIONAL IN ALL RESPECTS AND
(ii) 3:00 P.M. (LONDON TIME), 10:00 A.M. (NEW YORK CITY TIME), ON 15 APRIL 2003,
UNLESS FURTHER EXTENDED TO A LATER CLOSING DATE. OGS SECURITYHOLDERS WILL HAVE
THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW THEIR ACCEPTANCES OF THE OFFER UNTIL THE END OF THE
INITIAL OFFER PERIOD, BUT NOT DURING THE SUBSEQUENT OFFER PERIOD.


The Offer is conditional upon valid acceptances being received (and not, where
permitted, being withdrawn) by 3:00 p.m. (London time), 10:00 a.m. (New York
City time) on 15 April 2003, or such later time(s) and/or date(s) as Celltech
may, subject to the City Code and in accordance with the US Securities Exchange
Act of 1934, as amended (the 'Exchange Act'), decide in respect of OGS Shares
(including those represented by OGS ADSs) which, together with OGS Shares
(including those OGS Shares represented by OGS ADSs) acquired or agreed to be
acquired before or during the Offer Period, results in Celltech and any persons
acting in concert with Celltech holding OGS Shares (including OGS Shares
represented by OGS ADSs) carrying in aggregate more than 50 per cent of the
voting rights normally exercisable at a general meeting of OGS, including for
this purpose (to the extent, if any, required by the Panel) any voting rights
attaching to any OGS Shares (including OGS Shares represented by OGS ADSs) that
are unconditionally allotted or issued before the Offer becomes or is declared
unconditional as to acceptances pursuant to the exercise of any outstanding
subscription or conversion rights or otherwise.


Celltech reserves the right (but will not be obliged, other than as may be
required by the City Code or the Exchange Act) at any time or from time to time
to extend further the Offer and, in such event, any decision to extend the Offer
will be publicly announced by 8:00 a.m. (London time) in the United Kingdom and
8:00 a.m. (New York City time) in the United States on the day (other than a
Saturday or Sunday) following the day on which the Offer was due to expire and
which banks are generally open in London for normal business. Except with the
consent of the Panel, the Initial Offer Period for acceptances and withdrawals
may not extend beyond 1:00 p.m. (London time), 8:00 a.m. (New York City time),
on the day which is 21 days after the release of OGS' preliminary results for
the year ended 31 December 2003.



The Directors of Celltech accept responsibility for the information contained in
this announcement, and, to the best of their knowledge and belief (having taken
all reasonable care to ensure such is the case), the information contained in
this announcement is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything
likely to affect the import of such information.



J.P. Morgan plc, which is regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial
Services Authority, is acting for Celltech and for no one else in connection
with the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than Celltech for
providing the protections afforded to customers of JPMorgan or for providing
advice in relation to the Offer, the contents of the Offer Document or any
transaction or arrangement referred to therein.



OGS has equity securities traded on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. The
Panel wishes to draw the attention of member firms of NASDAQ to certain UK
dealing disclosure requirements during the offer period.



The above disclosure requirements are set out in more detail in Rule 8 of the
City Code. In particular, Rule 8 requires public disclosure of dealings during
the offer period by persons who own or control, or who would as a result of any
transaction own or control, one per cent. or more of any class of relevant
securities of the offeree company. Relevant securities include OGS Shares, OGS
ADSs and instruments convertible into OGS Shares or OGS ADSs. This requirement
will apply until the first closing date or, if this is later, the date when the
Offer becomes or is declared unconditional or lapses.



Disclosure should be made on an appropriate form by no later than 12 noon
(London time), 7 a.m. (New York City time) on the business day following the
date of the dealing transaction. These disclosures should be published through a
Regulatory Information Service.



The Panel requests that member firms advise those of their clients who wish to
deal in the relevant securities of OGS, whether in the United States or in the
United Kingdom, that they may be affected by these requirements. If there is any
doubt as to their application the Panel should be consulted (telephone number:
+44 (0) 20 7382 9026, fax number: +44 (0) 20 7638 1554).


This announcement has been approved by J.P.Morgan plc for the purpose of section
21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 only.



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