Passion Drives Us

Meet Brenda Patterson, our Founder. Brenda upholds a reputation of tenacity, passion, and fearlessness with companies such as Sekisui, Qiagen, Roche, Luminex, Siemens Medical, Gatan, Ventana Medical, Terumo BCT, among others.Her award-winning experience includes 30 years as a recruiter, membership in the Pinnacle Society (a consortium of 75 of the top recruiters in the country), and President of the Indiana Search and Staffing Association.

A Piece of Our History (Brenda’s Story)

I began working as a recruiter in 1988. In 1994 my six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. In 2006 my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. To overcome the initial stress of fear, pain, and anger, I began vigorously researching to find solutions for my children..

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Why Choose JBK Search?

Our clients value the TOP FIVE CRITERIA we use

  1. We offer a proven process that continues to ensure quality candidates.
  2. We promise accuracy by providing candidates who meet the requirements of the position and the company culture.
  3. We are highly efficient.
  4. We value the passive candidate market
  5. We study the issues and trends of the biotech industry to understand the needs of companies and candidates.

JBK Search has been a leader in providing recruiting services to start-up, small, medium and Fortune 500 companies since 1994. We partner with our clients to build strong long-term relationships and gain an in-depth understanding of their needs. We act as an extension of our client’s team to source, attract, screen, present, prepare, interview and debrief hard to find candidates.

Contact us to discuss your most difficult to fill positions.

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Our Process


  • 1. Identification
    We ask in-depth questions to thoroughly understand the specifications of the positions with a focus on the results you want. We discover how to best sell your organization, your leadership, the personality that will fit into your culture, and the requirements needed to attract the most successful candidates.
  • 2. Research
    We reach into our vast network of targeted and highly-vetted candidates to form a strategic list of potential candidates. We tap into our existing database and network. We also find that the very best candidates are not necessarily looking at job boards; they are happy in their current positions. We utilize state-of-the-art search tools to find these passive candidates.
  • 3. Recruiting
    Our search team calls candidates to determine initial interest and qualification. At this point we often will call on average 100 to 150 potential candidates for each position.
  • 4. Assessment
    We use behavioral-based interviewing techniques to ensure the candidates we present to you have what you’re looking for in a candidate. We realize that it isn’t necessarily WHAT a candidate has done in the past that will make her/him successful in your company. Rather, it is HOW WELL they have done in the past. It’s amazing what candidates will share with us that they would never tell a potential hiring authority in an interview!
  • 5. Interviewing
    We provide you with complete and honest feedback coupled with customized advice throughout the entire interviewing process. Once we present candidates most clients find no need to phone screen and they launch right into face-to-face interviews. We fit our work seamlessly into your existing process. You can rely on us to schedule interviews, coach you on each candidate prior to the interviews, and then debrief following each interview.
  • 6. Acceptance
    In close consultation with you, we negotiate all elements surrounding the offer of employment. Our hands-on involvement ensures that the candidate identified gets hired and stays hired!

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Genetic testing
  • Companion diagnostics
  • Precision medicine
  • Forensics
  • Healthcare IT
  • Genomics & Proteomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Biologics
  • Stem cell therapy
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News & Events

JBK walks with JDRF!

  • January 23, 2019
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Indiana’s Purple Tie Ball!

  • January 23, 2019
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Our experience at PTB 2018

  • January 21, 2019
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Discovering the Human Element of Science


Our goal is to support you on your path to give patients the opportunity to live healthier and longer lives.


Enriching Biotech by building relationships that will create a healthier future.


JBK Search is a team committed to achieving the hiring goals of our clients. We respect and remain flexible to the vast changes of the Biotech industry. We are determined to accept the challenge of searching and finding high quality employment in an efficient manner.

Let us be the solution to your staffing challenges, so you can remain the experts of Biotechnology.