Widespread, effective application of digital tools across the sector is occurring quickly and data-driven technology is leading to more open models of innovation. Global explosion in data production and advances in analytical tools means operations are increasingly data-driven, accelerating the R&D process, enhancing decision-making and enabling new business models to transform the sector, going beyond internal capabilities and compelling collaborative innovation strategies across organisational boundaries. A wide range of digital skill sets are needed if this is to be successful and with skills gaps already highlighted in informatics, computational, mathematical and statistical areas there is a major concern that digital skills are a high priority for both bringing in new talent and upskilling the existing workforce.