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Tuesday 10 April, 2001

Xenova Group PLC

Holding in Company

Xenova Group PLC
9 April 2001


Letter to Xenova Group Plc
Letter dated 9 April 2001

NOTIFICATION OF INTEREST(S) IN SHARES UNDER SECTION 198 COMPANIES ACT 1985 ('THE
ACT')

XENOVA GROUP PLC

This notification supersedes any previous notification from AXA Investment
Managers UK Ltd*

We are writing on behalf of AXA S.A. of 25 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris and its
subsidiaries who are deemed to have an interest in these shares.

AXA S.A. knows that they were interested in 3,227,286 ord 10p shares in the
69,252,401 share capital immediately after the time when the obligation of
disclosure arose pursuant to section 198 of the Act.  These shares are
represented by a material interest of 3,227,286 shares (4.66%) and a
non-material interest of 0 shares (0.00%).

The identity of each registered holder of the shares to which this notice
relates, so far as known to AXA Investment Managers UK Ltd, as at 06/04/01, is
as per the Appendix below.

This notification of change is due to an increase in the material holdings from
1.11% to 4.66% resulting from the takeover of Cabtab Pharmaceuticals plc.


Letter from AXA Investment Managers

Disclosure of Interest in Shares of
Appendix - Notice Under Section 198 of the Companies Act 1985
Xenova Group plc ord 10p shares

Total number of shares held as at 06/04/01 was 3,227,286 the breakdown of which
is set out below:

Name of the            Number of       Particulars of        Registered as
Company/Fund           Shares          Beneficial owners

Sun Life Pensions                                            RBSTB nominees
Management Ltd                         Sun Life Pensions     designation 
(Material)            52,500           Management Ltd        Sunpen

Magnet House                           Magnet House          Chase Nominees 
Properties Ltd                         Properties            Ltd
(Material)         3,174,786           Ltd                   a/c 13067


                                      Holdings as % of Issued Capital 
    Total Material 3,227,286          4.66
Total Non-Material         0          0.00
             Total 3,227,286          4.66