Originally this database was created to support the members of the Johns Hopkins University Center for POCT for STD in following a large number of devices being developed in the US and Europe for rapid diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STI). The database was intended to make it easier to monitor the progress to commercialization of all types of devices targeting sexually transmitted infections (STI) and devices which target other infectious diseases but could be modified to detect STI. The database was modeled after a similar database of biological, radiological and chemical detectors created by Dr. Peter Emanuel at Edgewood Biological and Chemical Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. During its development, the Center staff realized that the database could have broader applicability to the community of clinicians, researchers, engineers, technology developers and sponsors who were interested in POCT diagnostics for infectious diseases (ID). Developers can search the database to find potential collaborators and to access the field for potential competing technologies. End users can find devices at various stages of development and assess the level of maturity of each technology. Supplied with the contact information, end users have the ability to reach out to attractive POCT to gather more information, provide support or request updates. Sponsors, researchers and others involved in commercialization of POCT can search the database for POCT with similar characteristics and follow the maturity of families of technologies as they progress. The motivation for the TWD is to provide a one stop shop for comparing and contrasting POCT as it relates to infectious disease diagnostics.