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Optical imaging has become an indispensable technology in the clinic. The molecular design of cell-targeted and highly sensitive materials, the validation of specific disease biomarkers and the rapid growth of clinically compatible instrumentation have altogether revolutionized the way we use optical imaging in clinical settings. One prime example is the application of cancer-targeted molecular imaging agents in both trials and routine clinical use to define the margins of tumors and to detect lesions that are ‘invisible’ to the surgeons, leading to improved resection of malignant tissues without compromising viable structures. In this Perspective, we summarize some of the key research advances in chemistry, biology and engineering that have accelerated the translation of optical imaging technologies for use in human patients. Finally, our article comments on several research areas where further work will likely render the next generation of technologies for translational optical imaging.