Our Name

A powerful symbol of our search for new cancer medicines.

A minotaur, a labyrinth, a spool of thread and Ariadne.

The name ARIAD originates from the Greek myth of Ariadne, a daughter of Minos II, king of Crete. According to the myth, Ariadne fell in love with Theseus, the founder-king of Athens, and gave him a spool of thread that enabled him to trace his path safely in and out of the labyrinth in which the Minotaur lived.

After slaying the Minotaur, Theseus used the spool of thread to successfully return home.

At ARIAD, we see a powerful connection between this ageless story and our vision—the labyrinth symbolizes the complex system of molecular pathways within the cell, and the spool of thread represents the pathways that are leading our scientists to the discovery of breakthrough cancer medicines.